There’s been lots of national media lately about drink spiking and a lot of concern when people go out. Although reports of it are low in Wrexham there’s a few things we can all do to make sure it doesn’t happen to us.
- Don’t leave any drinks unattended as this may increase the possibility of your drink being spiked
- Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know well
Why do people spike drinks?
Criminals do this in order to commit a crime against you such as theft, robbery or sexual assault. It can happen to men or women so we all need to be cautious when we’re out.
If you do need to leave your drink unattended to visit the toilet facilities or to go for a dance see if the bar staff have a drink cover you can use. Lots of venues now stock these so just ask or even take your own with you if you can.
Look after your friends
If you’re out with friends and one of them starts to behave either excessively drunk or appears unwell report it to the bar staff, stay with them, keep them talking and keep a close eye on them. If they need assistance you can visit the town centre weekend safe house at Hafan y Dref on a Friday or Saturday evening. It’s located by Atik nightclub.
Don’t let them leave the venue with someone you don’t know or trust and make sure they get home safely.
If there seems to be serious medical problems call 999.
Claire McGrady, Inspector with North Wales Police said, “We’ve had an increased police presence in the town centre in the run up to Christmas which is being very well received by those visiting the evening venues.
“Although spiking reports are rare in Wrexham there has been reports made of suspected spiking and anyone who is going for a night out should always look after their drinks in order to look after themselves and their friends.”
Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said “Enjoy your night out but please look after your drinks and your friends in order to ensure you all get home safely in order to enjoy the upcoming Christmas period.”
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