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Advice guide - Festival and camping safety

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Keeping your camping equipment safe

Festivals are generally safe places to be, but while the majority of people are enjoying themselves, criminals can seize opportunities to commit crime.

Don’t let them ruin your festival and camping experience by following the advice in our Festival and Camping Security guide.

Keeping your tent secure

Don’t leave valuables inside your tent.

Tents can be easily broken into as they generally have few security features. Consider taking very few valuable possessions, and don't leave them unattended in your tent. Avoid putting a padlock on your tent as potential thieves may assume this means there are valuables inside.

Secure property you leave outside your tent.

If you must keep items outside your tent because they cannot be stored elsewhere, such as bikes and furniture, consider securing them to stable objects, such as a tree. If this is not practical, consider chaining them together to make them more difficult to steal.

Use on-site lockers

If lockers are available at the festival site, knowing your valuables are safe inside will give you peace of mind.

Split cash and cards

Keep some cash on you at all times. Keep your cash and cards in two places on you, for example: one lot in your wallet and the other in a zipped pocket. Take note of your bank's emergency number so you can contact them if your cards are lost or stolen.

Keep your festival ticket safe

Tickets can be expensive. Keep it safe at all times.

Personal safety at festivals

Report suspicious behaviour

When you arrive at the festival site, or ideally before you go, make sure you know how you can report any suspicious or criminal behaviour on site.

Stick to main routes and well-lit areas

When it gets dark, try to use main thoroughfares and well-lit, busy areas of the site and stay with your friends.

Get to know your surroundings

When you arrive, make sure you know exactly where your camping area is and how to find it. Try to remember a landmark nearby or memorise the campsite’s name. Check where the nearest first aid and fire safety points are.

Know your limits

Remember, alcohol can impair your judgement. Drink in moderation and sip on non-alcoholic drinks in between drinks. Never leave your drink unattended. If you feel unwell, tell security or venue staff.


Possession of controlled drugs and supplying anyone else with drugs is illegal. You could be prosecuted.

Keep an eye on your children

If your children are attending, make sure you know where they are at all times. In your group, decide on a rendezvous point at the start of the event in case you get seperated.


  • Try to find a well-lit plot near exit and entrance points.
  • Identify campsite manager and officials - do they have a contact number for emergencies?
  • If you return to your tent to discover a stranger in it, contact site management, security or the police.
  • If parked onsite, don't leave anything valuable in your car. Leave your glove compartment empty and open.

Keep in contact

  • Keep your mobile phone charged so that you can communicate at all times. Check out if there are onsite recharging facilities, or take a portable charger with you.
  • Consider agreeing where your group will meet at certain times of the day, in case someone loses their phone/has it stolen/batteries die etc. and they can't be contacted.
  • If possible, stay in groups.

What to carry

  • Keep your phone on you at all times.
  • Carry a torch - a head torch will mean your path is lit, and your hands are free.

Stay alert and aware

  • Be aware of aggressive behaviour from others, and remove yourself from aggressive situations.
  • If you are a victim of crime, contact on site security or police immediately. Report any incident, even near misses, as soon as possible.
  • Consider carrying a personal safety alarm.

Get more advice on preventing many crimes on our crime prevention guides page.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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