Police Share Safety Tips Following Reports of Possible Spiked Drinks
Published on November 05, 2021
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) is sharing nightlife safety tips following reports of possible drink spiking. Drink spiking is when an individual(s) puts alcohol or drugs into someone's drink without their knowledge or permission and doing so is illegal in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
During the month of October, ACPD received six reports of possible drink spiking. In each case, the female victims reported experiencing loss of consciousness and memory loss after visiting various nightlife establishments in Clarendon and Crystal City on weekend evenings and believe their drinks may have been tampered with. These incidents remain active criminal investigations and the preliminary investigations have not identified a link between the reported cases.
ACPD wants you to have a safe and enjoyable night out and is sharing these tips to help safeguard your drink:
- Never leave your drink unattended
- Avoid sharing drinks with others
- Do not accept drinks from strangers
- If someone you do not know offers you a drink and you accept, go to the bar with them and have the drink served directly to you
- If you did not see your drink poured, do not drink it
- Keep an eye on your friends and their drinks
If you think your drink may be spiked or observe an individual spiking a drink, take action right away by calling 9-1-1.
If you suspect drink spiking or drug-assisted sexual assault, help is always available. Crisis response resources are available 24/7:
- Arlington County Police, 703-558-2222 or 9-1-1 in an emergency
- Doorways Dating/Domestic/Sexual Violence Hotline, 703-237-0881
- Inova Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team (Forensic Exams), 703-776-4001 (ask to page a FACT Nurse)
ACPD has partnered with County agencies to establish the Arlington Restaurant Initiative (ARI) to raise the standards of restaurants that serve alcohol, streamline processes within the County Government and maintain Arlington County as a safe destination for nightlife and entertainment. ARI provides training on various topics, including drink spiking, to improve patron safety. Restaurants can email the Restaurant Liaison for information on future training opportunities.