There are so many things to see and do on the doorstep of our campuses. If you decide to venture out, please remember to keep up-to-date with government guidance to minimise the risk of catching Covid 19.
Please note: This article contains advice and support for scenarios where there are no Covid-19 restrictions. During periods of lockdown or high tiers, please do not follow this advice.
Don’t take your safety for granted
England is a reasonably safe country to live in, but we shouldn’t take our safety for granted. Whether you are heading out during the day or want to experience the local nightlife, with a few simple steps you can take to help reduce the risks of being a victim of crime.
- Try to avoid constantly taking your phone or wallet/purse out of your bag or pocket. Some phones cost hundreds of pounds – you don’t want to draw attention to yours.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Listening to loud music or talking on the phone whilst walking can be a distraction from the traffic and people around you.
- Know where you are going. Plan your route and walk with confidence. If you get lost, ensure you have the number of a local taxi company saved on your phone. At the end of most roads, there will be a sign informing you of the road name.
- Avoid dimly-lit and secluded areas. Stick to main roads where possible.
- Keep bags closed and where you can see them. Don’t advertise your valuables, even when on campus or in the Library. You shouldn’t leave belongings unattended at any time.
- Don’t go out with large quantities of cash. As well as reducing the risk of theft, this will help you to avoid spending more than you intended!
- Pay attention to who is around you when you’re using cash machines (ATMs) & cover your PIN with your hand. If possible, withdraw the money earlier in the day and leave your card at home, or withdraw your money early on a night out. Go to the cash machine with friends if you can.
- If you are getting a taxi, try to book one ahead of time. Make sure it’s a licensed one.
More tips for when you’re ‘out out’
Some extra tips if you’re going ‘out out’
- Stick with friends and travel home together where possible
- If you are drinking, don’t drink alcohol to excess. It’s easy to get carried away with new friends so it’s important to know your own limits. Try and have a glass of water or a soft (non-alcoholic) drink after alcoholic drinks.
- Don’t leave any drinks unattended.
Your chances of being a victim of crime is low but following these simple steps will also help you to stay safe.