Get Out & Explore – How to Stay Safe When You’re Out

Published by University of Bedfordshire

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.