Personal safety tips

General safety tips

Here are some tips to follow if you are out and about.
  • Stay alert – awareness is your best defence.
  • Leave venues with friends wherever possible.
  • Try to stay in well-lit areas.
  • Be confident – even if you don't feel it.
  • Travel as if you know where you are going.
  • Take the most direct route and try to stay within areas where other people are around.
  • Trust your instincts – if you think something is wrong then act on it.
  • Have your keys available when you reach your home or car.
  • Keep money for taxis – the expense is worth it.
  • Carry a personal alarm and use it when necessary.

If you are a victim:

  • Get help immediately.
  • In an emergency dial 999 or 112.
  • Make as much noise as you can to alert people.
  • As soon as you can, go somewhere you know is safe.
  • If you have been attacked, don't shower or change your clothes as it may destroy evidence.
  • If you have the confidence, tell the police why you think you were attacked.
  • If you have had your keys taken, ensure you change the locks.
  • Don’t drink alcohol – you need to give a clear account of what happened.
  • Use the reporting systems to report the incident if you do not have the confidence to tell the police.
  • If you want to stay anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
    Use a third party reporting centre, the self-reporting form or the online reporting facility on this website.

If you are a witness:

  • Call 999 or 112
  • Let the police know what you've seen. Don't assume others will come forward. Many crucial witnesses walk away thinking someone else will report it.
  • Stay alert and safe.
  • Don’t physically intervene – you could get hurt yourself.
  • If it is safe to do so, take a photograph or video on your mobile phone. Remember, however, that the police are likely to need your phone as evidence.
  • Record details of times, number plates, descriptions and so on. If you don't have a pen with you, leave a voicemail message on your mobile phone or write a draft text message. As soon as you can find a pen and paper, write down the information in as much detail as possible.
  • If you want to stay anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
  • Or use the self-reporting form or online reporting facility on this website.

Internet safety tips:

Here are some useful tips for keeping safe on the Internet:
  • The Internet provides endless opportunities to meet people from all over the world. You must however remember to use common sense. It is easy to get swept-up into a fantasy world, but reality requires us to use caution.
  • Do not give out personal details, photographs, or any other information that could be used to identify you, your family, or where you live.
  • Do not take other people at face value - they may not be what they seem.
  • Never arrange to meet someone you've only ever previously met on the Internet, without telling a friend and giving them as much detail as possible about the person that you're meeting and where.
  • Do not open an attachment or download a file unless you know and trust the person who has sent it.
  • Never respond directly to anything you find disturbing when using the Internet or email. Log off, and report it.