Safe Travelling - Top Tips For Keeping Safe
This is something we can’t change as there will always be traffic and you can not solely trust drivers to drive safely but there are things we can do to reduce the risks to ourselves.
- Crossing in safe places (zebra crossings, pelican crossing).
- Making sure we look both ways before crossing the road (Green Cross Code).
- Not walking too close to the edge of the pavement.
- If walking where there are no pavements to walk facing the traffic.
Not all strangers are dangerous however we can’t tell this by just looking at them so we need to apply some common sense to who we approach if we need help and if someone approaches us.
There are some do’s and don’ts to follow:
- Approach a professional if you need help e.g. a police man, community officer.
- Go in to a shop/information centre to request information.
- If approached be polite but firm e.g. if asked the time give the time briefly id you know it and move away (don’t go into your bag etc) or say sorry I don’t have it and move away.
- Ask for ID if someone is claiming to be from somewhere e.g. if someone you don’t know claims to be from Mencap ask to see their ID, all professionals should have an ID badge.
- Trust your instincts, if something doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Sit near the driver on the bus and speak to the driver if you feel intimidated by someone/ask to get off and let someone else know where you are
- Go off with strangers (people you don’t know).
- Just go to anyone for help (see above).
- Don’t accept lifts/gifts from people you don’t know.
NB: this is not an exhaustive list
Having your things stolen.
When out and about you need to make sure you keep your personal belongings safe and to do all you can to make sure that you are not a target for theft.
Things to consider include:
- When going out, think about the things you need to take with you, don’t take any unnecessary items.
- Keep some spare money on you rather than just in your purse or wallet so you can still get home if needed.
Travelling when it is dark.
The same principles apply when travelling in the dark as they do in the day time however there are a few other things that you should consider, this includes:
- Planning ahead- make sure you know where you are going and how to get there, find out times of public transport so you are not waiting longs at bus stops/train stations, know where the danger spots are and avoid if possible.
- Your route- use roads/routes that are well lit, avoid dark alley ways, subways and parks.
- Try not to keep all your valuables in the same place, keep some money in a separate pocket on your person or in your bag so if your purse/wallet is stolen you can still get home/phone for help.
- Stay alert- don’t be distracted, if you are listening to music/talking on the phone you won’t hear anyone approaching you.
- Your posture- walk confidently and purposefully, you’re less likely to be targeted.
- Carrying a personal alarm as this may shock and disorientate the attacker and give you time to get away.
- Let someone know you are travelling, where to and what time you expect to get there and if you can call them to let them know you have arrived safely (3 rings, text phone call etc). If you don’t call them then they can phone you and check you are ok.
There are key things to remember when using a taxi, these include:
- Only using licensed taxis (licence showing, black/green cab).
- Book your taxi in advance if possible e.g. to pick you up from somewhere, don’t just flag one down in the street.
- Check the driver knows your name/booking name when picking you up.
- Sit in the back seat.
- Carry your mobile phone in your hand.
Being in an unfamiliar place.
- Try and plan as much as possible, be aware of where you are going and how you are going to get there.
- Plan your route if walking/getting the bus/train, know what time your mode of transport leaves and the expected timing.
- Consider things such as getting a taxi from the station to your final destination particularly if it is dark when you get there.
- Consider asking someone to meet you at your stop.