Personal safety is something that is important to everybody whether they are at home, out and about or at work or college.

Personal security

Out and about

  • If you're out and going to be late, think about how you're going to get home. For example, pre-book a taxi or arrange a lift with a friend or family member. Let someone know about your plans - and if they change.
  • Take sensible precautions if walking alone in the dark. For example, try to stick to well-lit busy streets and be alert.
  • Avoid walking alone in out-of-the-way areas after dark.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Remember things like MP3 players can be distracting.
  • Be discreet when using your mobile phone and put it away from view after use. Keep it on vibrate so it doesnt attract attention.
  • Try to not have any valuables on display.
  • When going to your car or home, have your keys ready.
  • Carry your bag close to your body and try not to overload yourself with items - only take what you need. Spread your valuables and dont keep then all in one place, for example a handbag.
  • Dont leave your bag unattended on the back of shopping trolleys or on top of pushchairs and try not to place it on the floor.
  • If someone tries to snatch your bag dont challenge the thief. Your safety is more valuable than the bag or its contents. Try to remember a good description of the person and call the Police straight away.
  • Think about carrying a personal attack alarm with you. These do cost money but can sometimes be given out free by local councils, colleges etc.
  • Be aware of your personal space and be on your guard if someone gets too close.

At the cashpoint

  • Never give out your personal identification number (PIN) to anyone.
  • Be quick and dont hang around the cashpoint when youve finished.
  • Try not to use a cashpoint late at night or in a deserted street.
  • Never count your money on the street, put it away as soon as possible.
  • Dont write your pin number down even if it is disguised.

Using Public Transport

  • Know where youre going and which stop you need.
  • Check departure times, especially last buses and trains.
  • Have your ticket or change handy. This ensures your wallet or purse stays out of sight.
  • Try to stay away from out-of-the-way bus stops, especially after dark.
  • On an empty or late night bus, sit near the driver.
  • On a train, sit in a compartment where there are several people.
  • If you feel uneasy, move to another seat or carriage or sit near to the emergency alarm.
  • Dont be afraid to use an emergency alarm if you feel threatened - check where it is when boarding.
  • Make use of CCTV. Many bus and train stations have CCTV so check where the cameras are and sit near to them when youre alone.

On a Night Out

  • Plan your night out and let someone know where youll be and when youll be home
  • Keep an eye on your drink at all times. If you accidentally leave your drink lying unattended never assume it has not been tampered with.
  • Take your drink straight from the bar staff or from trusted friends.
  • Never accept a drink from someone youve just met or dont totally trust.
  • Remember, binge drinking makes you vulnerable to attack.
  • Before the start of your night out plan how youll get home. Arrange for a taxi or have a chosen driver within your group.