Festival safety campaign launches at Buchanan Bus Station

The message for festival goers was clear as Police Scotland launched its ‘keep safe’ campaign at SPT’s Buchanan Bus Station on Monday 29 June in anticipation of festival season getting under way.

SPT Chief Executive Gordon Maclennan said:

“Revellers have been travelling from Buchanan Bus Station to festival sites for many years now and SPT staff are always on hand to ensure that their health and safety is protected from the very outset of their experience.
“We’re pleased that Police Scotland are launching the ‘keep safe’ campaign and hope that festival goers remember to take care whilst enjoying themselves.”

Detective Inspector Michael Miller National Drug Co-Ordinator from Police Scotland’s Safer Communities team said:

“Tens of thousands of people are getting ready for the summer festivals. We want people to have a fantastic time and our focus is on keeping them safe when they get there.”

Officers highlighted a range of issues for festival goers through posters and social media including personal safety tips, crime prevention advice as well as the risks from alcohol and drug use.

The ‘keep safe’ campaign is also offering these top tips for a safer experience to festival fans:

  • Protect your valuables: Guard against pickpockets; stay alert when using cash machines; only take items you will need; use a service to track and find your mobile phone if you lose it
  • Anti-social behaviour: Do not bring or carry weapons; do not carry smoke canisters, flares or any other form of pyrotechnic; respect local communities and residents
  • Personal safety: Stay with friends and stay in busy areas.
  • Know your limits with alcohol, your judgement can be impaired and make you a target.
  • Travel safety: Plan in advance; leave enough time for your journey; remember the new lower drink driving limit if you are driving home in the morning.
  • At the festival: Get your ticket or wristband only from official sources not ticket touts and ensure you have it with you; always follow the directions of police and stewards; know where your pick up and drop off points are; if you are camping know which zone your tent is in.

Remember how to contact the police: In an emergency dial 999; dial 101 for non-emergency matters; if you want to report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.