Here are some helpful reminders of how to keep yourself and your belongings safe in the new year.
Protecting yourself from opportunist thieves
- Be aware of your surroundings (no headphones and hoods)
- Keep your valuables out of sight
- Walk against the flow of traffic
- Don’t carry valuable cards with you, such as your BRP card, passport or driver’s licence.
Protecting yourself from ATM theft
- Look out for devices attached to the ATM machine
- If possible, go inside the bank where it is safer to withdraw money
- Cover your pin and keep an eye on your card at all times
- If someone taps you on the shoulder or tries to speak to you, just ignore them
Protecting yourself from pickpockets
- Don’t leave belongings on the back of chairs or underneath tables where you can’t see them
- Keep purses and bags securely locked and zipped at all times
- Keep a photocopy of your airline tickets, passport, credit cards and any other documents that would be impossible or inconvenient to replace if stolen
- Keep a list, separate from your wallet and phone, of contact numbers of family in case your phone is stolen
Protecting your phone
- Never leave it unattended
- Retain a record of your phone’s IMEI number
- Use a pin lock to protect your data
- Install a tracking app
Public transport safety
- Avoid sitting in empty train carriages, where you are more vulnerable
- At night, avoid walking alone in places such as parks and side streets or any unfamiliar environment
- Ensure your minicab is pre-booked so that there is a record of your journey and driver
- Take a picture of your taxi’s number plate and send it to a friend
- Some pedicabs or cycle rickshaws have been known to demand extremely large sums of money for very short rides, agree the fee in advance
- If using the night bus, sit downstairs or close to the driver, where they can see you
Protecting yourself against drink spiking
- Never lose sight of your drink
- Be vigilant if talking with strangers
- Look out for friends who may be more drunk than you’d expect, and make sure they get medical help or get home safely
If you are worried you’ve been victim of a crime, call 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not need an emergency response.
If there is a true emergency always dial 999.
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