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Keeping Yourself Safe

Avon and Somerset is a safe place to live and the chances of you becoming a victim of personal crime are low. But we can all take simple precautions and make ourselves aware to keep safe.

Out and about

Protect your personal possessions

In pubs and clubs

  • Look out for your friends.
  • 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 designated driver. Let someone know about your plans - and tell them if they change.
  • Never leave your drink unattended.
  • Steer clear of trouble. If you see any trouble or suspect that it might be about to start, keep clear. The best thing you can do is avoid it and alert the police.

On foot

  • Stay alert, look confident and act confidently.
  • Cover up jewellery, mobile phones and iPods and keep your bag close to your body.
  • Plan your route ahead.
  • Never hitchhike.
  • Consider carrying a personal attack alarm.
  • Take sensible precautions if walking alone in the dark. For example, try to stick to well-lit busy streets and be vigilant.
  • Walk facing oncoming traffic so a car cannot pull up behind you.
  • If you regularly go walking or jogging, vary your route.
  • Avoid wearing headphones or using your mobile phone while walking or jogging.
  • When going to your car or home, have your keys ready at hand.
  • If you think you’re being followed, walk to the busiest place you can find or knock on a door. Then call the police.
  • If you are attacked, shout for help as loudly as you can or shout for someone to contact the police. Use your personal attack alarm. Try to get to a safe place and call the police.
  • If someone attempts to take something from you, consider letting them have it rather than risk being hurt.

Personal Safety Apps

Own a smartphone? There are a number of personal safety apps you can download. Many of them are designed specifically to support lone workers.

For personal safety advice visit Suzy Lamplugh Trust website.

Transport

On buses and trains

  • Always plan your journey.
  • While waiting for a bus or train, stand in a well-lit place near other people.
  • Sit near the driver or other people. Avoid empty carriages or empty top decks.
  • If you are being pestered, tell the guard or driver, or call the police.
  • Keep your belongings near to you.
  • Don’t leave laptops, mobile phones or bags unattended – even if you’re only going to the buffet carriage for a few minutes!

Trust your instincts: If you feel uncomfortable, find a safe, alternative route or go to the nearest busy place.

Travelling by taxi

  • Always use a registered taxi company, never use an unlicensed minicab.
  • Carry the phone number of a taxi company you've used before and trust.
  • When the taxi arrives, check to see it’s the one you ordered – ask the driver the name you’ve given and the destination.
  • Always sit in the back and carry a mobile phone.
  • If you have a problem with the driver make a note of the number on the white plate inside the taxi, or the registration number and car’s make, and report it to police or local council.

Report it

If a crime is in progress you should always call 999 from a safe place.

To report an item of property stolen or if you witnessed a theft please fill in the Report a crime or incident form or call 101.

If you feel unsafe or need assistance from police while travelling on the rail network, you can contact British Transport Police by calling 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, or visit the BTP website

In an emergency call 999.

Further advice

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust work to raise awareness of the importance of personal safety and provide practical guidance to help people feel safer and more confident. Visit the Suzy Lamplugh Trust website