We are aware of more groups of young people meeting up in parts of Perthshire. Many young people are just seeing their friends, but there have been complaints of anti-social behaviour, which Police Scotland have to take seriously.
We have been working in partnership with Police Scotland to help you and your friends stay safe when socialising.
You have a right to be safe, and a responsibility to help keep yourself and others safe too. We've made a list of tips to help you do this.
- Know how you will get back! Stick to areas you know and can get to a safe place if you need to.
- Share your plans - Think about sending a message just to check in with family. It could also be useful to let them know when you are on your way home. This will put minds at rest as they know where you are and can look for you if they need to.
- Have all the essentials - Is your phone charged and will it last long enough if you need to make a call?
- Dress for the weather - Cold weather can be a danger to anyone and especially when alcohol is involved. Remember to eat before you go out. Food helps you stay warm and keep you alert.
When you are out:
- Know where you are and who you are with - This seems simple but plans can change and it's easy to just go along with a group. Stick to areas you are familiar with and people you trust.
- Be aware of risks - This could be due to the weather, being near water, not being able to see easily and tripping up.
- Trust your instincts - People can also present different risks, and not always through acting aggressively or out of control. Be cautious when meeting new people and if you are drinking, stick to products you know and have opened yourself to avoid the risk of something spiked with a drug. If something doesn’t feel right or safe, trust your instincts and act on them.
- Pace yourself - take your time if you are drinking. The police have had to take several young people home who are simply too drunk to look after themselves. Avoid danger, embarrassment and a hard time at home by staying within your own limits when it comes to alcohol. Check out the Drinkaware Website for help and information.
Think about others:
- Use the bins provided! Wherever you are, respect the environment. Children and animals can be harmed by glass and plastic. Take a moment to clear up after yourself.
- Consider the neighbours - Remember that people living nearby can be disturbed, or scared, by large and noisy groups. Getting rowdy will increase the chances of complaints being made and police having to move you on.
If something happens:
- Tell the whole story - If someone passes out, has a fit or an injury, emergency services will ask for information on what a person has taken. The information you give can save that persons life. Be honest.
There are several trusted adults who might want to say hello. These can include police, but also youth workers, community wardens, street pastors and others. They will have I.D and be happy to tell you what they are doing. They are also human beings! Have a conversation for a couple of minutes.
We are aware of situations where groups have panicked and run away from police but left their bags, phones and other items. This just causes extra stress in having to get these items back later.
Information and contacts:
For more information on how to keep yourself safe, and find out more about who is there to help you, click on the links:
Choices for Life, the Young Scot campiagn around making informed choices as you grow up
Police Scotland information for 15 - 19 year olds.
Community Wardens and Safer Communities Team.
The RNLI has a lot of information on the risks in and around water.
Click here to find out about the Perth Street Pastors.
For information on alcohol, visit the Drinkaware website.
CREW provide information on drugs and focus on harm reduction, they have a page to help you understand how risky your own drug / alcohol use might be.