Travel safely

One of the most important things you can do is to let someone know where you are going.

If there's no one else home and you are going out, leave a note, or phone or text someone to tell them where you're going and when you'll be back.

Things to remember to help you stay safe when you're out and about:

  • Go out with someone else when you can, rather than by yourself, and return home with them as well.
  • Make sure you know exactly where you are going and plan how best to get there before you leave. Never accept a lift from someone you don't know.
  • Try to keep to well-lit main paths and walk facing the traffic on the road.
  • Be aware of what is around you – choose safer routes where there are busy places, such as shops, police stations, schools or friend's houses, rather than routes with parks, warehouses or building sites.
  • If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, cross the street and find somewhere safe to get help. If someone approaches you and you feel scared, try to stay calm.
  • If they ask for your bag throw it towards them and run to the nearest safe place to phone the police.
  • If you feel threatened, shout 'fire', rather than 'help' as people are more likely to respond.
  • Don't be tempted to carry a weapon for protection as this just increases your chances of getting seriously hurt. A personal alarm is a much safer thing to carry.

Things to remember when travelling alone on public transport:

In taxis

It's always best to try to arrange lifts with your parents or trusted adults but it's not always possible.

Getting a taxi can be a safe way to get home but always remember:

  • If you are at a friend's house, ask their parents to book you a taxi with a firm they have used and trust.
  • Only use taxis that display proper taxi markings.
  • It is safer to sit in the back of the taxi.
  • It's okay to talk to taxi drivers but don't reveal any personal information.
  • Plan ahead when going out - store a reputable taxi firm phone number in your mobile and consider booking in advance to prevent being left behind and alone.

On buses and trains

Follow these tips to help stay safe on public transport:

  • Choose a seat near people rather than sitting on your own.
  • Sit near to the driver if there's no one else on the bus or train.
  • If someone sits next to you and makes you feel uncomfortable, move closer to the driver.
  • Don't let others know where you are getting off the train or bus.
  • Keep an eye on your stuff – thieves and pickpockets operate on public transport in some areas.
  • Try to have the right change or a pass for the bus or train; this way people do not see how much money you are carrying.


Content uploaded: 29/07/2015 17:17 | Modified: 25/01/2022 17:13