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Keep Safe

Protecting Yourself

The risk of being robbed or attacked on your way home is thankfully pretty small, but to keep yourself safe you should be aware of what to do if you find yourself in a threatening situation.

General advice
  • Whenever it's possible, try and walk home with someone else or a group of friends. You're less likely to be attacked or mugged if you're with more than one person.

  • Where you can, stick to footpaths and well-lit areas. Never take a short cut through a dark alleyway.

  • Act confidently, even if you dont feel it.

  • Make sure you keep any valuables tucked safely away in your bag. If you wear lots of jewellery cover it up with clothes.

  • Let your parents / carers know where you are all the time.

  • If you think someone's following you, cross to the other side of the road and keep walking. If you still think they're following you, head for a well-lit area where there are lots of people. Always ask for help if you need it.

  • Carrying a personal alarm can also make you feel a lot safer. If you activate it, the alarm will give off a high-pitched sound that can shock anyone that's attacking you. You can buy a personal alarm from a lot of high street shops. If you're at college or university, your student union may sell them at a reduced price or give them away for free.

For more information and general advice about protecting yourself, particularly when walking home or travelling on a bus or train, click on 'Directgov' below.