‘Never hesitate to call us:’ Lincs Police urge women to contact them if they feel unsafe
‘Our job is to protect you’
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Davison has provided some advice on behalf of Lincolnshire Police to help women feel safer on nights out, or should they find themselves on their own.
If someone is unable to speak down the phone after calling 999, then police have advised that callers should: “press 55 when prompted”. This would inform the person listening that you are in need of help but are physically unable to do so.
He said: “The safety of women and girls is paramount, and we are here to listen, support and help you.”
Recently in Lincoln, there have been incidents of women’s drinks being spiked, following “three young women fell ill while out in the city centre”, resulting in police asking women to be more cautious on nights out.
Detective Sergeant George Wynn, of Lincoln CID, said: “Drink spiking is a serious crime and one that we won’t tolerate here in Lincolnshire. If you or your friends start to feel unwell, please seek help immediately or if you see one of our officers, please alert them. If you think you have been a victim of this crime and haven’t yet come forward to report it to us, please do so by calling 101 or reporting it online.”
Violence against women is still an ever-present issue, with the Femicide Census reporting that on average, a woman is killed by a man every three days in the UK.