Meeting someone you have been communicating with online or on the telephone for the first time can be both nerve wracking and exciting. However, it is easy to forget the simple, important precautions to take when meeting someone new for the first time. Whilst the following may seem like common sense please remember to follow the guidelines below:
Tell Someone Where You Will Be
Always make a friend or family member aware of your plans, where you are going to be and when you are going to be there. If you have a mobile phone, ensure that this is with you and have it switched on.
Always Meet In A Public Place
As you will be meeting someone strange for the first time, always meet in a populated and public location – never in a private or remote location and don’t get into their car for them to drive you to another location.
Get yourself to and from the first meeting
You should never give out your personal address location to someone you have never met before; therefore, you need to control of how you get to and from your first meeting.
Do not allow yourself to do anything that would impair your judgment. You could make a decision you will regret.
Don’t Leave Anything Unattended
Keep your personal possessions with you at all times, and if you are drinking keep your drink with you at all times so it cannot be tampered with. (Always air on the side of safety and caution)
Stay in a public place
It is advisable not to go back to the person’s home or to invite them back to yours until you feel that you have established a friendship and are comfortable around that person.
Long Distance Meetings
Stay in a hotel
It is so important that you keep your own personal space and boundaries. If you can’t afford to stay in a hotel, then don’t go. DO NOT under any circumstances agree to stay in the other person’s home.
Use a taxi or rental car to get to and from the airport
Even if the person you’re meeting volunteers to pick you up from the airport, do not get into a personal vehicle with someone you’ve never met.
Keep your hotel location confidential
It is important that you both respect each other’s privacy until you feel comfortable with each other.