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Tips to keep you and your belongings safe this festive season

December brings about the best time of the year – the festive season!

While we all enjoy this time with friends and family, celebrating the year with colleagues, taking a well-earned holiday or attending an event, it’s important to remember some easy steps to protect yourself and belongings.

The NPB Security team is passionate about safeguarding the people of Western Australia and their assets. We’ve been leading the industry for 11 years, working with clients in the retail, hospitality, mining and construction sectors.

Earlier this year we became a proud sponsor of Constable Care’s City After Dark Program and shared some tips to help you stay safe and happy this holiday season.

Christmas Celebrations         

  1. Stay with your mates

Look after your friends on nights out and keep in touch to make sure everyone gets home safely.

  1. Don’t leave your drink unattended

Only leave your drink with close friends or colleagues; unfortunately, not everyone has good intentions on a night out. Better yet, take your drink with you if can.

Site Closure

  1. Lock away items and signage

Before closing for the year, be sure to secure any items on site that might be attractive to passers-by! This includes signage, traffic cones or anything else that is easily moveable and might end up in the wrong hands.

Christmas Shopping

  1. Hold onto your bags

Heading to the shops in December can be stressful. With so many people around, always have your trolly and shopping basket within easy reach and keep your handbag or wallet on your person.

Secure your Home

  1. Be aware of what items are on display

Leaving the blinds open to share your Christmas tree lights, wrapped gifts and decorations is a great way to spread festive cheer along your street, but be aware of what you are leaving on show to passers-by.

Be sure to lock your windows and limit the items on display that may attract unwanted attention.

  1. Don’t leave signs you’re away

Before you head off on a holiday, ask a relative, friend or neighbour to check on your home in your absence. Simple things like collecting your mail and taking your rubbish bins in and out will help create the impression that someone is home.

Sensor lights and lamp timing switches are a worthy investment as they can deter any unwanted visitors from approaching your house.

Events

  1. Ask for help from a security guard or police officer

Security guards attend events to keep you safe, so if you need help don’t hesitate to ask for it.

  1. Stay hydrated

We are proudly working at some of Perth’s most exciting events this festive season. At the peak of summer, remember to drink plenty of water! Many event locations have water stations, so there is no excuse to be dehydrated this season.

Enjoy this wonderful time of year, celebrate safely, and treat yourself to some Boxing Day specials.

NPB Security partner with Constable Care Foundation

NPB Security is proud to announce a three-year partnership with the Constable Care Foundation.

We are sponsoring the City After Dark program which seeks to educate secondary students and community youth groups on how to identify risks and avoid dangerous decisions at night.

The program is run in partnership with the WA Police Force and guides participants through the Perth CBD and entertainment precincts on a weeknight.

Constable Care Foundation’s Marketing Manager Diane Ainsworth said it was great to partner with NPB Security.

“The support from NPB Security ensures the popular City After Dark program can continue to empower young people to become streetwise and take control of their personal safety when out at night,” Diane said.

“It allows Constable Care Foundation to market this important safety education program to secondary schools, youth community groups and tertiary students.”

The three-hour walking tour commences in the early evening to show that areas which are largely safe during the day can become much riskier at night. Designed with a strong educational focus, the program is effective through participation and experiential learning.

Director David Barrett said extensive experience working in the Perth hospitality industry prompted NPB Security’s participation in this initiative.

“NPB guards have been protecting patrons at night for years, so we understand the importance and difference responsible practices can make,” David said.

“Going out with friends should be an enjoyable experience, but we know how quickly things can change. This is an opportunity to prepare young people through education and experience to ensure they understand how to identify potential conflict, and therefore avoid it.”

Key learnings from the tour include avoiding dangerous areas, alcohol and its effect on safety, stranger interactions and tips on observation, staying aware and avoiding precarious situations.

Diane said it’s always intriguing to hear which aspects of the active participation experience that attendees find the most useful and interesting.

“Often it is a revelation for all participants, as they don’t know what they don’t know, especially when it comes to risky situations and identifying risks.”

“Distraction through smartphone and headphone use is also a safety concern with this demographic, so the importance of observation and awareness of surroundings is one of the key issues highlighted.”

The Constable Care Foundation has been inundated with positive feedback and research on the program.

“Previous participants have described the program as engaging, entertaining and informative with the knowledge and safety skills they learn transferrable to any suburb or city,” Diane said.

“The majority, even parents accompanying their teenagers on the tour, leave with new knowledge on night-time safety, the risks and how to stay safe when venturing out at night.”

Like many events, COVID-19 halted City After Dark tours due to lockdowns and restrictions at venues. However, despite the pandemic, Diane said there had been a surge in demand for the unique experience.

“Bookings increased by almost 300 per cent in the 2019-2020 year, with a 200 per cent increase in participant numbers compared to the previous year. This is despite the suspension of tours in the early part of 2020 due to COVID-19.”

The Constable Care Foundation’s convenient booking system enables tours to be rescheduled to a time and date that suits if COVID-19 restrictions are implemented.

In honour of our new partnership, NPB Security is sharing our top 5 tips to stay safe on a night out:

  • Stick with your mates and look after each other
  • Don’t flash your cash
  • Never leave your drink unattended
  • Avoid poorly lit areas
  • Ask for help from a security guard or police officer.

 

If you’re interested in organising a tour for secondary students or a community youth group, you can find out more here.