• If you feel you are in immediate danger dial Phone999

Helpful advice on staying safe when you're going out

Try to plan ahead

Make sure someone knows where you are going, who you are meeting and when you expect to return. Always plan how you are going to get home again.

  • If you are planning to go somewhere new, it is a good idea to plan your route to avoid getting lost.
  • Tell a family member or friend where you are going and what time you expect to be back.
  • If you are visiting someone, tell them what time you are expected to be there.
  • If you have a mobile phone, make sure it is fully charged and your contacts list is up-to-date.
  • Make sure you have a list of taxi numbers in case you get lost or need help getting home.

Stay with friends

If you are socializing with a group of people, then watch out for each other and make sure everyone stays safe.

Stick to busy, well lit areas

At night, stick to busy, well-lit areas and avoid danger spots shortcuts or isolated spots. Stay alert and avoid distractions like headphones or phones

Travel safely

Ensure you are aware of your surroundings at night. If you are on a bus at night, it may be safer to sit in the lower deck. If on the underground or train at night, try to sit with other people to avoid empty carriages. Please only take a licensed taxi or Uber.

If you think you are being followed, attempt to cross the road, go into a shop or head for a busy street. If you feel unsafe, make a noise or tell someone.

Only take what you need

Carry only what you need to avoid loss or theft. Don't carry passwords or large amounts of cash.

Watch your drink

Keep an eye on your drink to avoid spiking. Don't accept drinks from strangers and always have a friend watch your drink if you need to step away.

Keep an eye on your belongings

Keep your belongings hidden and keep your bag in front of you, not behind you.

Be an active bystander

If you see someone in trouble, think twice about trying to help there and then. Call the Police.

Think about the risks

Remember to think about the risks before inviting someone you have just met into your home.

Was this information helpful?