Crime Prevention Statement

Once Upon a Time in the West is an overwhelmingly peaceful event, yet some crime does unfortunately occur at festivals. The most common crime is theft from tents and vehicles. Security staff and stewards provide 24 hour patrol the around the site. You can help yourself by following the advice below.

•    Don’t let the criminals disrupt your enjoyment by committing crime against you or your friends.
•    Lock and empty your vehicles. Leave the glove compartment open and conspicuously empty.
•    Only bring what you can afford to lose: you can buy disposable cameras for use on site.
•    There’s safety in groups: set up camp near friends and make friends with your neighbours.
•    If you see someone who looks unwell or not coping because of over indulgence, please get the attention of a Steward straight away
•    Look out for each other’s property.
•    Mark your property: clearly label your gear (including your tent) with your postcode. Obvious indelible markings will significantly reduce the risk of things being stolen and will increase the chance of their return if found.
•    Tag your keys with a phone number and a friend’s address. DO NOT USE YOUR OWN!!
•    Take any valuables with you when you leave your tent. To make life harder for thieves, leave your tent untidy so there’s not an obvious bag to grab quickly.  Be inventive about where you hide your valuables when sleeping: you may not hear someone enter your tent, so separate your money and valuables into small amounts and hide them in different places in your tent.
•    Don’t challenge people looking through tents – report them to Festival Stewards/Security. Security are there for reporting suspicious behaviour, and offenders will be dealt with accordingly.
•    Security do have the facility to use CCTV to monitor site safety. Thieves beware!!
•    Keep with friends or people you trust: unfortunately at any gathering a small number of people can attend to prey on others. You present a far less vulnerable target as a group than you would on your own.
•    Money-sense:  Don’t keep all your cash and valuables in the same place: spread them around in different pockets.  Only take the credit cards you need – make a note of your credit card numbers and leave it at home, plus the number to call if they are mislaid.
•    Wear your wristband at all times. Once inside the security fence Stewards & Security are able to make a visual check on the legitimacy of each person on site. Please note if you lose your wristband and cannot supply either your numbered ticket stub or your e-ticket printout with valid ID when you claim your replacement you will regrettably be ejected from site.
•    If you do have something stolen, or if you lose something. Lost Property is located at the Security Bus. It is always worth checking there if anything goes missing. If your item has not been handed in please complete a lost property form as this will help us match you up with your belongings if they are found during clean-up.
•    Bring an old mobile phone with you to the event and save clear contact numbers like ‘home’ we can call if we find your phone. Although we do liaise with the police, if you require a crime number you will need to obtain that yourself through your local police station.
•    We have entertainment on until 3am. Please don’t attend or encourage impromptu campsite musical gatherings. These could threaten the future of the event.
•    Sound systems can cause upset and distress to our neighbours and threaten our licence. These will be removed at your own risk. There are regular all-night raves at Club Ice in Westbury if that’s your thing – do check it out, we won’t be offended.
•    Please do Respect The Land – clear up after yourselves, put litter in bins and recycle where possible.