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Personal Safety

When you are out and about there are a number of ways you can help keep yourself safer.

General precautions

  • Where possible stick to busy, well-lit areas
  • Look self-confident and walk with purpose
  • Keep money and valuables out of sight
  • Keep your bags closed and where possible wear across your chest
  • Carry only the money you need
  • Keep your mobile phone charged
  • Avoid walking and talking on your mobile phone


If you are on a night out

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back
  • Plan how you are going to get home and ensure you keep aside any money needed for transport
  • Be cautious about accepting drinks from people you don’t know
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended
  • Avoid walking alone

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If you are driving

  • Park in a busy area with good lighting
  • Ensure you have plenty of fuel, oil and water
  • Check that your lights are working


If you are using a taxi

  • Try to book in advance or go to a taxi rank or office
  • Genuine taxis are licensed by the local authority and should display a plate showing their licence number
  • If you feel uneasy about the driver or car do not get in – is already underway ask the driver to pull over in a busy well -lit place and get out


Using public transport

  • Plan your journey – know the times and route
  • Wait in the most well-lit place and busy place
  • Sit in a busy section or near the driver /guard
  • Report any unattended bags or suspicious activity immediately 


Out running?

Running in daylight is always a safer choice, but if you have to run at night or in the early morning:

  • Choose a well-lit route
  • Be visible – wear bright and reflective clothing
  • Vary your route and time
  • Stay aware of your surroundings – avoid wearing headphones
  • Take your phone with you so you can call for assistance if you are injured or concerned
  • If possible run with someone else


If someone tries to take something from you

  • Let them have it – throw the item on the ground
  • Run away
  • Seek help in the nearest safe place
  • Report it to the police


If you think you are being followed

  • Cross the road to see if the person does the same
  • Go into a busy public place such as petrol station, pub or shop
  • Call someone to come and meet you
  • Report it to the police


Further information

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Head back to the Crime Prevention page to find more advice and tips.