Last updated: 18th Jul 2017.
Originally published: 8th Jun 2013
There’s no doubt about it, festival season is one of the most glorious times of year in Britain. It offers you the chance to see some of your favourite artists whilst hanging out with your mates.
Whilst most people are concerned with what the weather will be doing, what the facilities will be like, or where their favourite acts are playing, many forget about the rare but potentially gutting downside - theft.
Particularly with the larger festivals, stats show that last year heralded the highest theft rates yet, with on average 16% of festival goers being affected. According to Aviva, each festival goer brings along with them on average the equivalent of just shy of £1000. With festival goers taking along increasingly expensive electronics such as smart phones and cameras to capture the festival moment, the more at risk they are from predatory thieves.
But have no fear! Below is some festival safety advice on how to keep your stuff safe at festivals this year.
Ten Safety Tips
1 - Never leave valuables unattended in tents or in cars
2 - Consider what you really need to take. Can you share who takes what among your friends?
3 - Do you really need to take an expensive watch?
4 - Only take out as much cash as you need
5 - Separate cash from cards and only take one bank/credit card if you can
6 - Make sure pockets or handbags have zipped openings to prevent belongings being snatched
7 - Don’t flash the cash or the expensive hi-tech gadgets, keep items in a zipped bag rather than a back pocket
8 - Keep belongings in the bottom of your sleeping bag at night
9 - Use the free lock-up areas provided by the festival organisers or ensure personal belongings are kept close and within sight
10 - Report anything lost or stolen to the police immediately and get a crime number that you can report to your insurance company
Just keeping these simple things in mind could make all the difference with your festival experience.
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