Traffic Management Updates:
There are currently no traffic issues effective arrival to the Bestival site. Please follow local signage.
Crime Prevention Advice:
Festival and event organisers work with Dorset Police to prevent crime. Help us and yourselves by following this simple advice:
- Only bring with you what you can afford to lose. There is no way to make a tent secure, so only bring what you absolutely need. Use on-site lock-ups, if available.
- Don’t be tempted to leave valuables in your vehicle. Empty the glove box and leave it open to show thieves there is nothing of value inside.
- Don’t challenge people looking through tents. Report them to event security, staff or police immediately.
- Keep cash and possessions on you. Don’t keep all your money, bank cards and valuables together. Keep them in different pockets.
- Don’t leave your backpack or handbag unattended.
- Before going to sleep, place valuables in a bag and hide it in your sleeping bag with you.
- Camp near friends. Introduce yourself to people in the neighbouring tents to build a community feeling and provide greater security around your tent.
- Mark your property. Label your belongings, including your tent, with your house number and postcode. Thieves are after unidentifiable property. Make sure the markings are obvious and indelible. Before the event, register property such as mobile phones and cameras for free at Immobilise.com. This will help the police to return stolen items to their rightful owner.
- Protect your mobile phone. Do this now: on your mobile phone, key in *#06# and your unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number will be displayed. Make a note of this number so that if your phone is lost or stolen you can contact your service provider to have the phone immobilised. While on site keep your phone in a buttoned or zipped pocket, a secure bag, or use a lanyard to keep it secured to your clothing.
- Report crime at the time. There will be police officers and event staff on site. Alternatively, call Dorset Police on 101. Only dial 999 if life is in danger or crime is in progress.
For more information on how you can take simple steps to protect your property, click this link
- Avoid confrontation and arguments – it is safer to walk away and will prevent you from doing something you regret
- Encourage your friends to walk away from confrontation – some people become more aggressive and volatile when they have been drinking, always try to diffuse situations involving people you know to be in this condition
- Never put yourself in danger. If you are concerned about escalating violence, tell a security worker, or call the police.
- A person only consents to sex if he or she agrees by choice, and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice. If someone is incapable of consenting (for example if they are too drunk or asleep) it is still sexual violence
- Look out for your friends, particularly if you feel they are drunk and vulnerable.
- You should never have to do something sexual that you don’t feel comfortable with, even if many of your friends are comfortable with similar situations or if you’ve done it before
- Information about sexual assault, and the help and support available can be found on this site. Find out more about sexual assault
- Remove everything from the car - don’t hide things in the boot, glovebox or door wells
- Take removable stereos, sat nav equipment and bags with you and wipe off any marks left behind on your windscreen
- Ensure all your windows and doors are secure before you walk away
- Leave a ‘no valuables in this vehicle’ sign on display
- Where possible, park your vehicle in a well-lit area with CCTV cameras
- Never leave your keys in the vehicle, even if you are just leaving it for a few seconds
- Invest in a visible alarming system and security devices such as steering locks and gearstick locks
- Make sure your phone is charged before you go out and you are able to make calls
- Keep a small amount of money in your clothing, just in case you lose your purse or wallet and need to contact someone or get yourself home
- Stay with your friends: do not allow anyone to leave alone, or with someone they don’t know or trust
- Never leave your drink unattended. It takes a matter of seconds for someone to tamper with it and put you in danger
- Avoid walking alone at night: keep to well-lit roads and make sure someone knows where you are at all times
- Avoid short cuts that go through dark isolated areas
- If you are carrying a bag, try to hold it across your chest with your hand over the fastening
- Don’t carry any valuables on your person that you do not need, for example credit cards of important documents. Be discreet with your belongings – keep any valuables you are carrying out of sight as much as possible
- Be aware of your surroundings: talking on a mobile phone or listening to an MP3 player can distract you from what is going on around you and also alerts thieves that you have something to steal