General safety advice

Be streetwise

Top tips for staying safe on public transport

Below are some tips to help you staying safe on public transport:

  • Always plan your journey, knowing departure times and checking for changes to the schedule.
  • Try to have your ticket or money at hand so you do not have your purse or wallet on show.
  • If you are travelling alone, especially at night, try to stay with groups of people or arrange to be met at the end of your journey.
  • When you are waiting for a bus or train, try to stand in well-lit places.
  • If you are going to use a taxi make sure you use a reputable company and only hail licensed hackney carriages.

Top tips for staying safe when socialising

You can take a few simple steps to make sure you are safe socialising:

  • Be sensible when drinking alcohol and know your limits.
  • Avoid leaving your drink unattended to stop opportunists.
  • If you begin to feel really drunk after only a couple of drinks, get help from a trusted friend or a member of staff from the venue management.
  • Plan how you’re getting home, who you’ll be going with and look after your friends
  • If you’re walking home, make sure you’re not alone and stick to well-lit areas.
  • Only use licensed taxis.
  • Keep your mobile on you, make sure it’s charged, and it has data and call minutes that you can use if you need to.

Top tips for staying safe on the street

It is natural to feel more vulnerable at night, when there are fewer people around, especially when you are walking. You can take the following steps to keep safer at night:

  • Anyone can feel anxious at night, so keep to well-lit and busy areas. Plan ahead and avoid poorly lit subways, car parks and open areas.
  • Make sure someone knows your movements, schedule and the route you are taking. If your plans change, tell them.
  • If you are concerned about something, head towards busier areas.
  • If anything happens and you are in danger shout for help or for someone to contact the police.


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