Latitude Festival is a weekend of huge fun and enjoyment. We don’t want that experience spoiled by anything happening to you or your stuff, so here’s some tips on how to make sure you’re safe throughout the weekend.
The festival’s relaxed atmosphere can offer an easy target for criminals. Take the same precautions as you would on any other night out, and please read through the advice below and plan ahead.
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Quite simply – please don’t bring anything you can afford to lose.
Don’t leave valuables in your tent. Remember that tents are impossible to make secure even if they’re zipped. Take advantage of either the lockers or the Property Storage Tent, both of which can be found in the Village open 24 hours. The Property Storage service is completely free.
Move anything of worth away from your tent door as you sleep. Don’t put a padlock on your tent as this indicates there are valuables inside. Don’t bury your valuables by your tent as someone is bound to be watching.
When walking through the festival – especially at the stages – don’t put money in your back pocket. Use pockets with zips or buy a money belt.
Don’t carry more money than you need to, there are cash machines available in the arena and Village throughout the festival if you need extra (a small charge will apply).
Only bring the bank cards that you need with you. Make a note of the numbers, leaving at home to make cancellation easier if they do go missing.
Mobile Phones and Tablets
There are free apps to track your phone/tablet if it goes missing or gets stolen. Your device is tracked by GPS and can be located online and in some cases be locked remotely. If the phone/device is stolen you can pass this information to the police to help their enquiries.
All Apple devices include an app that can keep track of its whereabouts should it go missing. It can remotely lock your device, display messages, play an alert sound (even if the device is on silent) or even erase all of your personal data at your request. The app needs to be set up in advance, so look out for the ‘Find My…’ app icon on your device to get started.
If using an Android phone, download the ‘AntiDroid theft’ app for free before you arrive. It has features such as GPS tracking, email alerts if the SIM card or number is changed, and even allows you to view the photos taken should your phone go missing. The app is available to download from the Google Play Store.
Marking your device with a UV pen makes it easier for police to identify its owner. Visit our CATs who can assist you. Register your devices on the free Immobilise Database before you come to the festival. It takes a couple of minutes, just register your device’s serial number. Every item recovered by the police or handed in is checked against the database. If you report the phone stolen, your mobile phone operator should then be able to bar your SIM card.
Keep a record of your phone’s unique IMEI number. You can find it by keying in *#06#* on your keypad. This number will help the Police trace ownership quickly. Utilise your phone’s security lock or pin number.
Keep your phone well hidden when you are not using it. Don’t keep it exposed for any longer than needed – especially in crowds when taking photos. There are career criminals who target mobile phones stolen at festivals.
Make sure your mobile is charged up on a daily basis and has plenty of charge for later in the day. The stages get busy at night and you are more likely to need your phone to meet up with friends should you split up. It can also double up as a torch for finding your way back to your tent, though do not use it for longer than necessary.
Don’t leave anything valuable in your car – including sat navs, car stereos, cameras, or mobile phones. Leave your glove compartment empty and open so that thieves can see there is nothing inside.
Being found in possession of a flare or firework at a music event is now a criminal offence. Anyone found in possession will be removed from site and could face up to 3 months in prison and / or a fine.