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Have you ever gone out to a bar or a party at a public venue and wondered whether or not you’ll be profiled by a police officer on the way home or in the parking lot? If you are underage, do you ever worry about undercover/ATF agents busting you for underage drinking? If so, this article provides steps on how to avoid being targeted by law enforcement while you’re out partying – possibly illegally

How to Look out for Police While at a Bar

1 Make sure you pay attention to your attire/dress. It’s been driven by some to be the case that law enforcement officers and indeed people in general take notice of individuals who wear flashy and bright clothing. A bright neon dress or a shirt with glitter/shiny patterns is more likely to draw attention than say a black polo or a grey t-shirt. A general rule of thumb is that the darker and more neutral the color, the better off you’ll be at fitting into the crowd. This step also applies to over and under dressing. Ex: you wouldn’t want to wear a suit and tie to a sports pub and/or wear sandals and shorts to a yacht club bar.

How to Look out for Police While at a Bar

2 Try to get a feel for the crowd/environment. While trying not to draw attention to yourself, look at everyone and try to spot or pick out anyone who looks out of place. For example, if you’re at a “known” college bar (somewhere that usually has a young crowd) and you see an older gentleman standing off to the side or not drinking, chances are that person could be a law enforcement officer.

How to Look out for Police While at a Bar

3 Keep a close eye on “out-of-place” groups or individuals (especially if you’re underage and if you’ll be drinking), throughout the night. Know where they are at all times. Remember that most of the time when people get busted for alcohol related offences, they are not aware that they were being watched.

How to Look out for Police While at a Bar

4 Hold your drink at a low level in relation to your body. Don’t hold your drink by your chest or above the waistline. If standing in a crowd, and you’re not sipping your drink, make sure you hold it low as your arm will let you. By doing this, you make it more difficult for someone across the room/bar to see you have a drink in hand.

How to Look out for Police While at a Bar

5 Know how you conduct yourself at the bar. It always seems that the group or individuals who get noticed the most, tend to be the ones pounding drinks. Chugging shots one after the other and screaming at the top of your lungs is a sure way to get yourself noticed. Often times in a negative way! Also, vomiting and/or falling down are sure indicators that you are heavily intoxicated. Remember: the more nonchalant and level-headed you seem, the less chance you have of drawing unnecessary attention to yourself.

How to Look out for Police While at a Bar

6 Leave as soon as the club/bar closes. This usually means you’ll either be driving or be driven by someone else. To avoid law enforcement taking notice of you walking towards your car/ride follow these mini-steps. Don’t stumble or walk awkwardly, as this will draw attention Don’t drive out of the parking lot fast or erratically If possible, try to park somewhere that’s not close to where you were drinking, this reduces the chance that law enforcement will be there. Remember once a bar closes, policemen like to hang out close to the bars in order to prevent fights etc. Make sure all your lights are on etc. Basically do a check list before you leave.

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