We want to make it clear that spiking is never the fault of the victim, it is always the fault of the perpetrator. Drink spiking is a criminal offence, and we are committed to working together to keep our students safe.
Kent Police have worked with key licenced trade venues to ensure that all reports of spiking are reported to the police so that appropriate action can be taken. Venues have also been taking measures to protect their customers including reviewing or establishing spiking policies, testing empty glasses, providing drink coverings and increasing searches before entry.
Drink covers are available from University reception areas (St. Georges for Canterbury Christ Church and at the Mandela Building for the University of Kent) or from the Street Pastors.
We take reports of spiking very seriously and provide support for any students who have witnessed or experienced spiking
What is spiking?
‘Spiking’ is when someone puts alcohol or drugs into another person’s drink or their body without their knowledge and/or consent.
Spiking is a serious criminal offence carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison in England and Wales.
What does spiking look like?
There are many different substances that can be used to spike from alcohols to a range of drugs. Whilst there are some indications that a drink may have been spiked, often this is not the case. If in doubt talk to the bar staff at the venue; however, some tell-tale signs may include:
- Excessive bubbles
- A cloudy drink
- A strange or unexpected taste
- If the colour has changed or appears mixed
- If the ice sinks
- There could be no change in your drink at all
Indications that you may have been spiked include:
- Feeling drunk after little drinking
- Feeling dizzy, faint or confused
- Passing out or vomiting
- Impaired vision or speech
- you’re thinking of spiking someone’s drink, you should know:
- Drink spiking is illegal and carries a sentence of up to ten years in prison. This means that slipping alcohol or drugs into someone’s drink is against the law, even if the drink is not consumed or the person is not harmed: ref:
Whilst spiking is always the fault of the perpetrator, there are steps you can take to stay safe:
- Never leave your drink unattended.
- Use a drink cover or bottle spikey where possible.
- Try and make sure that you stay with your friends or people you know.
If you are concerned that a friend may have been spiked try to stay calm. Here are some steps you can take:
- Go to the bar staff and alert them. You can do this by asking for ‘Angela’. They will ask you about your situation and will call you and your friend a taxi or help you discreetly – without drawing attention to it
- Try to prevent your friend from consuming more alcohol
- Try not let them leave the venue alone or with someone you don’t know or trust
- Get them to a safe space and keep them talking
- Take note of the time and areas where you and your friend have been in the last 30 minutes. This will help in getting evidence from CCTV
- If you can, take them to the nearest A&E department and tell the medical staff that you think they have been spiked
- Stay with them until the drugs or alcohol have fully left their system. It’s likely that this will be the following day, but it is important to stay with them should they be unable to look after themselves in case their symptoms get worse
- Call 999 (Emergency Services) or contact security via the SafeZone App.