Follow these simple guidelines to keep safe:
Stick to main paths and well-lit areas.
If you're going somewhere unfamiliar, make sure you know where you are going and how to get there.
If possible, go out with a friend or arrange to meet in a well-lit, public place
You should never accept a lift from someone you don’t know
Never accept a lift from someone who you suspect has been drinking or taking drugs, even if you know them
If someone tries to take your bag or phone, throw it at them and run away. Don’t fight to keep it as you may get hurt – you can always replace a possession!
If you feel uncomfortable when someone is walking behind you, turn quickly and walk the other way – don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Safety on public transport
Choose a seat near the driver or in an occupied carriage or part of the bus
If someone sits next to you and you feel uncomfortable, move to a seat nearer the driver
Have your fare or ticket ready so you don’t have to open your wallet or purse in a crowd - someone might be trying to see how much money you have and where you keep it
Keep bags close to you
Be careful when listening to a music device as you won't be able to hear what is going on around you
Keep your mobile phone in your pocket and out of sight
Don’t let anyone know where you are getting off if you are alone
When getting taxis:
If you are at a friend's house ask their parents, if they can call a taxi firm they trust
Only use taxis that are licensed (the licence is displayed on the vehicle) and don’t be tempted to get into an unmarked car, even if the driver tells you it is a taxi
Always get into the back of the taxi
Text or phone a friend or relative to say you are getting into a taxi and you are on your way home. Remember to tell them you have arrived safely
You can chat with the driver but avoid giving out any personal information
Don’t share your taxi with a stranger
General crime prevention advice:
There is a lot you can do to keep yourself and your possessions safe.
Make sure your mobile phone and battery is marked with a permanent marker and identifiable
Never leave your phone lying around in public places where it could be easily stolen
Keep handbags closed when out in public - don't leave purses on open display
Always lock your bike, through the frame, to a solid structure that is fixed to the ground
Use an ultra-violet pen to put an invisible mark on property such as laptops, TVs, iPods, mobile phones - the mark can only be seen using ultra violet light and it may help police return your property to you if it is stolen
Never write down the Personal Identification Number (PIN) for a bank or credit card and never disclose it to anyone, even if they claim to be from your card issuer or the police
How Can Earphones Put You In Danger?
Try to avoid wearing earphones when walking down the street alone, as this will distract you from your surroundings and you may not see or hear trouble approaching.
Only use taxis that are licensed (the licence is displayed on the vehicle) and don’t be tempted to get into one that isn't. The sooner you are aware of potential danger the easier it is to avoid it, so it’s important to stay alert and keep an eye (and ear!) on what’s happening around you.
How can your mobile phone put you at risk?
Many people chat on their mobile phone when walking down the street alone because it makes them feel safer. This is not a good idea, as you are more likely to be distracted from your surroundings and will be less likely to notice any potential danger until it is too late to avoid it.
Be careful with phone apps that let others track your location. This information could be used by the wrong person and be used inappropriately.
If your phone is stolen, report it immediately and get it shut down.
How Can Information You Share Online Put You At Risk?
Don’t give out personal details such as your name, address or phone number (even your mobile number) on the internet.
Be aware of who has access to your social network account and what they can see. Bear this in mind when adding information such as current location. Be careful that you don’t fall into the trap of thinking you know people who you ‘meet’ online. You don’t. You only know what they have chosen to tell you.