Fortunately, there is very little risk of violence or assault but you must be careful, particularly if you are in a new environment with new people. You can easily reduce risks and take control of your security by taking some simple, basic precautions.
- Always close the door and shut the window, even if you only pop next door for a minute, when you leave your room in the halls.
Consider the risks before you invite someone to your room.
- Do not let anybody in your block by opening a door unless you know it or have checked its ID.
- You can inform your campus safety if you see anything suspicious. It can not be a matter of worry, but better than sorry it is to be safe.
- Make sure it’s safe and that the area feels safe when choosing where to stay. It is a good idea to visit it both during the night and during the day.
- Make sure that you meet your prospective fellow students and trust your instincts to decide if you want to move in.
Going out at night
- Try planning for the future. Make sure that you know where you go, who you meet, and when you expect to return.
- Plan again and again how you will get home.
- Recall, your ability to make safe opinions is seriously affected by alcohol.
- If you socialize with a group of people, then be sure to keep each other safe.
- Please remember that alcohol is the most common date for rape, so keep an eye on your drinks so as not to add any drugs or additional alcohol.
- If they are in a public place, dates are safer and easier to leave fast.
Safety when out and about
- Stay alert!-Stay alert! Do not chat or listen to music on your mobile phone, because it distracts you from your environment and prevents you from hearing any potential danger.
You often load books and bags, but you always try to keep your hand free and walk confidently.
Consider receiving an alarm for personal safety. Kept it and bring it into your hand if you feel at risk. You can easily access it.
Try to keep to busy streets and close to other people when you’re out at night. Avoid hazardous areas, deserted parks, or quiet roads and walk to prevent crawlers from coming on.
- Ask if there are any areas near your halls that should be avoided. Some short-cuts may be great during the day but have a reputation amongst other students for being unsafe at night.
- If you see someone else in trouble, think twice before trying to help. This may just aggravate the problem and you could end up hurt as well. It may be a lot more helpful to shout for help, call the police, or generally make a lot of noise to attract attention.
- If you are planning to use public transport, always check the times of the last train, tube, or buses.
- If a bus is empty or it is after dark, it may be safer to stay on the lower deck and sit near the driver or conductor. On trains or on the underground, try to sit with other people and avoid empty carriages. If you feel uneasy, don’t be afraid to move to another seat or carriage.
- Always carry the telephone number of a trusted, licensed taxi or minicab company with you or have a suitable booking app available on your phone.
- Never take an unlicensed minicab, as these are unchecked, uninsured, and can potentially be very dangerous.