If you're coming to a festival or public event in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, follow these simple tips to help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime.

 

Most people coming to a festival want to enjoy the music and soak up the atmosphere, but some, unfortunately, have more sinister motives. These people come to steal and target individuals with a view to relieving them of their hard earned personal property.

We do everything we can to prevent people from becoming victims, but it is inevitable that some crime will take place. 

There are, however a few easy steps you can take to make the festival safer for you. Follow us on Twitter @FestivalCop for the latest advice and information.


Take care of your stuff

  • Before the festival, think about the items you are going to take, remember you can't secure a tent so you should check with your insurance company if any losses are covered.
  • Make a list of all of the serial and model numbers of any electrical item that you intend to take with you and register these for free on www.immobilise.com. If the police recover the item it can help them get it back to the rightful owner.

Mobile phones?

  • Take five minutes to do the following and it could it see you reunited with a lost phone, or help police to locate a stolen one.
  • If you have lost your phone or suspect it to be stolen, speak to a police officer, or visit our police station on site as soon as possible.
  • Officers will have instructions for locating your type of phone, but we will need certain details which you can make sure you bring with you. A bit of prior planning can go a long way!
  • Firstly – make a note of your IMEI number. Input *#06# into your keypad and a long number will appear – this is your IMEI number. Make a note of it, and bring it to the festival. We also have all the telephone numbers of the providers so you can phone them and get it blocked as quickly as possible should it go missing.
  • If your phone is not insured, it really could be time to take out insurance. Measured against what the handset would cost to replace, a few pence a day could save you hundreds of pounds in the long run.

Read on for your type of phone….

  • Android owners
  • Make a note of your Google Account ID and password, and your mobile phone number. Write this down and keep somewhere safe at the festival.
  • Make sure you have Plan B app installed on your phone (may also be known as the ‘Lookout’ app.)
  • All Android owners will have a Google account – contact Google if you cannot remember it.
  • As soon as you realise you have lost it or you think it has been stolen - speak to a police officer or attend the police station, and we can then help you try and locate your phone using our iPad or computer.
  • Windows mobile owners
  • Make a note of your Windows Live ID and password, and your mobile phone number. Write this down and keep somewhere safe at the festival. You can set up ‘Find My Phone’ prior to coming to the festival – on your phone go to Settings>FIND MY PHONE> follow instructions.
  • As soon as you realise you have lost it or you think it has been stolen - speak to a police officer or attend the police station. We can then help you sign in to the relevant website to try to locate your phone.
  • Apple devices – iphones/ipads
    You will need your Apple ID, password and mobile phone number. Write this down and keep somewhere safe at the festival.
  • As soon as you realise you have lost it or you think it has been stolen - speak to a police officer or attend the police station. We can then help you sign in to the relevant website to try to locate your device. You will  need to have set up Find My iPhone device prior to coming to the festival.
  • Blackberry mobile phones
  • You will need your Blackberry id and password, and mobile phone number. Write this down and keep somewhere safe at the festival.
  • You will also need to have installed the Blackberry Protect app on the phone.
  • As soon as you realise you have lost it or you think it has been stolen - speak to a police officer or attend the police station.
  • We can then help you sign in to the relevant website to try and help locate your phone. Details can be found on the Blackberry Protect User Guide.
  • We will also have mobile phone sockies that you can wear, the sockies are attached to a lanyard which you wear around your neck, and the sockie goes inside your clothing, to help protect it from being lost or stolen.
  • Visit the mobile police station or look for the rainbows next to it to get yours for free (numbers are limited so don’t leave it too late).
  • Please take two minutes to register your phone on a brilliant FREE website called – www.immobilise.com. This helps the police so much in reuniting property with its rightful owner, by matching the serial number with your details –but only if you have registered it. The best thing is that the website is free – so what are you waiting for? 

Pack light!

When you decide what you are going to take with you, look at what you are going to need at the festival and try to pack light. The less you take means that it will be easier for you to keep an eye on it and will present less of a target for any opportunistic thief.

Don't be a show-off

When you get to the festival site be aware of what items you have on show. If you walk around with all your worldly goods on display you will be more likely to be targeted.  

Take valuables to bed

Although we strongly advise you leave your valuables at home, we understand that you may have to bring some with you. If you do, keep them safe at night by sleeping with them in your sleeping bag.

Safety in numbers

If you are going with a group of friends remember there is safety in numbers - look out for each other, and if you walk around the site at night, don't do it alone. Try to keep an eye out for each others things and especially each other. 


Car crime

If you travel to the festival by car, treat it the same as leaving your vehicle parked when you go to a shopping centre:  

  • Don't leave high value items on show in side your car, and don't hide them after you've parked your car in the car park as it is a real possibility that someone will be watching.  
  • If you open your glove compartments and show that there is nothing of value kept in the car then the chances are that an opportunistic thief will pass you by.  
  • If you have a Sat Nav, move it and all of its components out of sight - this includes the cradle and suction cup.

 

Drinking?

Statistics suggest that if you're drunk you are at a much greater risk of becoming a victim of an assault or target of crime.

We are not telling you not to drink but to watch how much you drink and how it affects you.  After all, you might need to remember where the loo without the massive queue is or maybe how to find your tent.  If you drink a little too much you may lose track of your surroundings and become disorientated which can make you a greater target.

Unfortunately we do recieve reports of sexual assault when someone has consumed an excessive amount of alcohol. To reduce this risk:  

  • Be aware of how much alcohol you drink;
  • Try to stay with your friends and don't always trust the motives of strangers. 

Drugs

IoW Festival entrance

Drugs operations are an important part of keeping festivals safe for everyone attending. Entering the festival site? Don't bring drugs!

Caught carrying drugs? So what?

Depending on the amount of drugs found on you it may result in your arrest and a subsequent criminal record plus immediate ejection from the rest of the festival.

If you find yourself with a drugs conviction as a result of a positive indication, don't bank on taking that dream holiday to Orlando or being able to hang out in a great club in New York - you stand a high chance of being denied entry to the USA if you have a drugs conviction.

There will be other officers and resources used during the festival period - some may be more visible than others. There will also be completely independent highly-trained drugs counsellors available for you to speak to.

Zero Tolerance

If you are under the impression that the police will turn a blind eye to low level use then you are mistaken.   There will be a zero tolerance policy with regards to possession of controlled substances.   You have been warned - if you get caught bringing drugs to the festival, you can get yourself:

  • arrested
  • a criminal record
  • ejected from the site.  

It isn't rocket science. Don't bring drugs onto the festival site, or be prepared for the consequences.

Don't spoil your own fun

The police are not there to hinder your entry into the site or to ruin your festival experience. We want you to have a fantastic time, and we are there to make sure that every festival-goer has an equal opportunity to enjoy the experience in a safe and drug free environment.