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 control room. So, if you see something going on that looks like a crime or is suspicious, let 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.

Take a look at our list of common sense safety tips


  • Don’t leave your drinks unattended.
  • Remember, alcohol and drugs can affect your ability to make safe judgements.
  • Make every other drink water.
  • Check your mobile phone is charged on a daily basis.
  • 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 campsite paths. 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.
  • Camp in a well lit area
  • Plan your journey home.
  • Get a good night’s sleep before driving.
  • Identify where the police team and officers are located at the festival.

Your valuables

  • 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 still have a back-up.
  • Don’t leave money, phones or valuables in your tent
  • Use the campsite lockers
  • Keep your phone and money hidden and safe at all times.
  • Bring only the cash cards you need. Make a note of your bank’s emergency number to call if your cards are stolen.