How to stay safe during concerts

There have been concerns about the personal safety of patrons at public events where there are large crowds in attendance.
 
Event organisers, police and other safety officials are challenged to provide a higher level of crowd monitoring, crime deterrence and apprehension of suspected criminals during these occasions.
 
Music lovers and those in pursuit of relaxing fun at public events should be happy that summer has finally arrived because it is when most music festivals and concerts take place. 
 
With the promise of enjoyable entertainment, there are persistent news reports of people getting raped, robbed and drugged at concerts.
 
Before you even get a ticket to your event, make sure you have friends that are attending the concert with you, and know what to expect when you get there.
 
This means knowing the area, its safety and where to park your car and its closeness to a hospital or police station, should a need to go there arise. Namibian Police Head of Public Relations Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi says that concert attendants should always keep their personal belongings in a safe place and not put valuable items such as wallets and cellphones in back pockets as it is very easy for criminals to access them, especially in crowds.
 
“Cellphones should be used in a well-lit area, where the user is accompanied by someone who can help in case someone tries to grab the cellphone and make a run for it. People must also avoid wearing expensive jewelry to concerts, we have had cases where thieves injure the victim in the process of grabbing diamond necklaces,” he stressed.
 
It is also important to become aware of your surroundings once you get to the venue. You should make mental note of all the exit points in case of an emergency such as a stampede or a riot.
 
If you do sense danger, alert an event official, and if a riot does unfortunately take place, stay calm and head for the nearest exit.
 
Wearing the right clothes is also important because in order for you to enjoy yourself you have to be comfortable, so avoid high heeled shoes unless you will be sitting in the VIP area. Also wear loose clothing and comfortable sneakers.
 
With concerts comes the sometimes excessive consumption of alcohol, which can leave your body dehydrated and make you prone to dizzy spells and feeling disoriented.
 
The Self Regulating Alcohol Industry Forum (SAIF) Namibia advises that one should keep their drinking at a minimal because alcohol is a depressant that depresses the central nervous system and reduces pain relieving stress.
 
Depressants are addictive and usually lessen the ability for someone to feel fear or anxiety making them vulnerable to getting into fights and making bad decisions.
 
As you party with friends and dance to your favourite songs, you lose water from your body through sweat, so it is vital that you make sure that you stay hydrated.
 
Have a glass of water in between every two to three beers because summer festivals or concerts tend to be very hot especially during the day.
 
“My advice is that, if you are going to drink, make sure you have a designated driver or that you will hire a taxi, don’t get behind the wheel if you have had a lot to drink. Don’t binge drink, one should not have more than 10 drinks of which a standard drink is a dumpy with an alcohol content of 4%,” SAIF Coordinator Horst Heimstadt said.
 
“There is a myth that drinking alcohol warms you up, but drinking any alcoholic beverage can instead lower your core body temperature. It sends blood to your skin, which makes you feel warm and flushed thereby causing you to lose body heat.”
 
If you start to feel sick, over heated or dehydrated, ask one of your friends to take you home or to an area that is not crowded so that you can get fresh air.
 
Don’t at any point accept drinks from strangers. It is not everyone that goes to a concert to have fun; some go there to pick up women to fulfill their sick, twisted fantasies.
 
Keep close to your friends especially if you are going to get drunk so that you don’t become a victim of sexual assault or rape.
 
When it comes to hygiene, ensure that you bring enough toilet paper with you in case you get to a venue that does not have any.
 
Also carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer.  Being at concerts means that you are surrounded by a lot of people carrying germs, who will touch you.
 
Hand sanitizer also comes in handy when you have to grab a bite and there’s no soap or water to wash your hands.
 
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Melba Chipepo
 
 
 
There have been concerns about the personal safety of patrons at public events where there are large crowds in attendance.
 
Event organisers, police and other safety officials are challenged to provide a higher level of crowd monitoring, crime deterrence and apprehension of suspected criminals during these occasions.
 
Music lovers and those in pursuit of relaxing fun at public events should be happy that summer has finally arrived because it is when most music festivals and concerts take place. 
 
With the promise of enjoyable entertainment, there are persistent news reports of people getting raped, robbed and drugged at concerts.
 
Before you even get a ticket to your event, make sure you have friends that are attending the concert with you, and know what to expect when you get there.
 
This means knowing the area, its safety and where to park your car and its closeness to a hospital or police station, should a need to go there arise. Namibian Police Head of Public Relations Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi says that concert attendants should always keep their personal belongings in a safe place and not put valuable items such as wallets and cellphones in back pockets as it is very easy for criminals to access them, especially in crowds.
 
“Cellphones should be used in a well-lit area, where the user is accompanied by someone who can help in case someone tries to grab the cellphone and make a run for it. People must also avoid wearing expensive jewelry to concerts, we have had cases where thieves injure the victim in the process of grabbing diamond necklaces,” he stressed.
 
It is also important to become aware of your surroundings once you get to the venue. You should make mental note of all the exit points in case of an emergency such as a stampede or a riot.
 
If you do sense danger, alert an event official, and if a riot does unfortunately take place, stay calm and head for the nearest exit.
 
Wearing the right clothes is also important because in order for you to enjoy yourself you have to be comfortable, so avoid high heeled shoes unless you will be sitting in the VIP area. Also wear loose clothing and comfortable sneakers.
 
With concerts comes the sometimes excessive consumption of alcohol, which can leave your body dehydrated and make you prone to dizzy spells and feeling disoriented.
 
The Self Regulating Alcohol Industry Forum (SAIF) Namibia advises that one should keep their drinking at a minimal because alcohol is a depressant that depresses the central nervous system and reduces pain relieving stress.
 
Depressants are addictive and usually lessen the ability for someone to feel fear or anxiety making them vulnerable to getting into fights and making bad decisions.
 
As you party with friends and dance to your favourite songs, you lose water from your body through sweat, so it is vital that you make sure that you stay hydrated.
 
Have a glass of water in between every two to three beers because summer festivals or concerts tend to be very hot especially during the day.
 
“My advice is that, if you are going to drink, make sure you have a designated driver or that you will hire a taxi, don’t get behind the wheel if you have had a lot to drink. Don’t binge drink, one should not have more than 10 drinks of which a standard drink is a dumpy with an alcohol content of 4%,” SAIF Coordinator Horst Heimstadt said.
 
“There is a myth that drinking alcohol warms you up, but drinking any alcoholic beverage can instead lower your core body temperature. It sends blood to your skin, which makes you feel warm and flushed thereby causing you to lose body heat.”
 
If you start to feel sick, over heated or dehydrated, ask one of your friends to take you home or to an area that is not crowded so that you can get fresh air.
 
Don’t at any point accept drinks from strangers. It is not everyone that goes to a concert to have fun; some go there to pick up women to fulfill their sick, twisted fantasies.
 
Keep close to your friends especially if you are going to get drunk so that you don’t become a victim of sexual assault or rape.
 
When it comes to hygiene, ensure that you bring enough toilet paper with you in case you get to a venue that does not have any.
 
Also carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer.  Being at concerts means that you are surrounded by a lot of people carrying germs, who will touch you.
 
Hand sanitizer also comes in handy when you have to grab a bite and there’s no soap or water to wash your hands.
 
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