Following a number of recent public order offences the club want to remind all members that their own and others safety must be their first consideration.
A number of simple guidelines should be followed to minimise the risk of our members being the targets of threatening or violent behaviour (including theft):
- Prepare and consider your travel arrangements carefully and ensure someone knows where you are going, who you are with and when you might be home. Avoid short cuts and dark isolated areas, vary your routine and keep alert.
- Look as assertive as you can, walk with confidence and be aware of your surroundings and who is around you. Don’t wear headphones or have your mobile or valuables visible and keep you bag zipped and check your pockets regularly.
- If you are the target of threats or abuse, leave the area quickly. Try to avoid approaching such individuals if you can, especially in darkness, and never do so alone.
- If you think you or other people might be in danger or property belonging to clubs or club members might be at risk, contact the police immediately. The police have asked us to remind everyone that non-emergency incidents should be reported by telephoning 101 (when a Crime Reference number will be given). Emergency calls should always be made using 999 in the usual way.
- When leaving or arriving at clubhouses particularly at in dusk or dark, try to use areas which are well-lit and if you can, do so with company and carry a torch. If you are a new member and are worried about leaving the club at night please ask for help – we are a friendly club and all members will support you.
In order that trustees can monitor safety and security incidents on the Cot and continue to improve members’ safety, anyone who witnesses or is involved in any such event should immediately your HCLTC contacts by email or if not by phone (see members contact details), giving the date, time and as many details of the incident as possible. Please ensure if you have experienced a crime or issue of concern you also contact the police.
Contact details are:
- Susan Paterson – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tim Reynolds – email@example.com
Trustees are in the process of introducing measures to make the Cot a safer place with the installation of gates, cameras and better lighting. Your safety and your full enjoyment of the Cot’s facilities are very important.