Safety advice

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Our aim is to make Reading Festival enjoyable for all, by making it as safe and crime-free as possible. You have a vital role in helping us achieve this.

Police officers, site security, site and fire marshals have a radio link to the police central control room. So, if you see something going on that looks like a crime or is suspicious, let any of us know straight away.

Festivals are full of fun-loving people who want to have a good time. But they can also be targets for thieves and opportunists.

Perhaps expected, the most common crime is theft from (or of) tents. But assault and disorderly behaviour is not uncommon.

Read this list of common sense safety tips.


  • Stay in groups and be tolerant of people slowing you down. Enjoy going with the flow.
  • Festivals are busy places so don't be irritated by being pushed or someone stepping on your toes.
  • Don't leave your drink unattended. Even soft drinks can be spiked.
  • Remember, alcohol and drugs can affect your ability to make safe judgments.
  • Check your mobile is charged on a daily basis.
  • If you have any concerns about your safety in the campsites, find a plot somewhere well-lit.
  • Make friends with your neighbours. It's nice to meet new people, and you can keep an eye on each other's tents. That said, they are still strangers, so don't trust them with anything valuable.
  • At night, stay on the main roads in the campsites. Don't go exploring darker, quieter areas – you can do that in the day.
  • Organise a meeting point with your friends where you will be three times a day (e.g. 2pm, 6pm and 1am) in case you get split up.


  • Don't leave anything valuable in your car. Leave your glove compartment empty and open.
  • Split your cash and cards into two stashes so that if one lot is lost or stolen, you have a back-up.
  • Don't put a padlock on your tent as this suggests valuable property is inside.
  • Don't leave any valuables inside your tent when you go to see a band. Store your valuables in your sleeping bag with you at night.
  • Don't bury your valuables outside your tent - you never know who may be watching.
  • Mark your property and your tent with your name and postcode in a big and obvious place. This will significantly reduce the risk of them being stolen.
  • To make life harder for thieves, leave your tent untidy so that there is no obvious items to grab quickly.
  • Bring only the cash cards you need. Make a note of your bank's emergency number to call if your cards are stolen.
  • If you need medicines with you onsite, keep them with you or keep them secure in the lockers.