Police Respond To Spiking Trend

Police have released a press release, giving advice for staying safe on a night out, due to the rising concerns of spiking across the British Isles.

The Isle of Man Constabulary are currently not seeing the issues that are being reported in the UK on the island regarding injection but they are monitoring the situation.

A police spokesman said the following: ‘As the festive period is fast approaching, it’s an important time to be reminded of the dangers that can occur when we are out having fun.  Drink spiking, where someone adds drugs or alcohol to another person’s drink without them knowing is illegal.  Whether it’s done as a prank or to commit a criminal offence, here are some ways to avoid this happening to you and your friends:

  • Never lose sight of your drink.  Do not leave it unattended when you go to dance or to the toilet.
  • Be vigilant if you’re drinking with people you don’t know or have just met.
  • Be a drink buddy.  If you’re out with a friend or friends, keep an eye out for them.
  • Throw away your drink if you think it tastes odd and make the venue management aware
  • If you think you have been spiked, or you start to feel strange, sick or drunk when you know that you couldn’t be drunk, seek help from a friend or again the venue management.

‘We have put this together to raise awareness and to help educate.  Be aware that you may not be able to tell if your drink has been spiked by the smell or taste of it, or if you have been injected. For more information ‘top tips to stay safe’ visit https://www.talktofrank.com/news/spiking it could save yourself, a friend or even a stranger from harm.

‘This week women and men across the UK are boycotting nightclubs for a so-called “Girls Night In” to highlight the issue of drink spiking. 
‘Spiking’ is an issue that should not exist. Here on the Isle of Man we take any offences of this nature seriously and would encourage any person who believes they have been a victim of ‘Spiking’ to report it to the police.  

‘The Isle of Man Constabulary always monitor trends to be prepared and we are working to our local licensees to make sure this isn’t a trend that takes hold on the island.’

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