Public transport can be a great way to get around, especially in large cities. According to london.gov.uk website overall crime levels on public transport are falling, but violence against a person is bucking this trend and continuing to rise, so whether you’re coming back from work or out on the town at night it’s important to take steps to stay safe when using public transport.
Here are some general tips to help you stay safe and secure when making a journey by bus, or train.
1. Sit near other people, or sit near the driver if you can. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, move away.
2. On crowded buses and trains keep your bag closed and make sure your pockets are inaccessible.
3. Take care when planning your journey and always try to wait in busy, well-lit areas.
4. Be aware of your surroundings and who is around you at all times. If you feel unsafe, trust your instincts and remove yourself from the situation if possible – it’s better to be safe than sorry.
5. Keep your belongings close to you at all times – don’t put them down even for a second!
6. On a train, choose a seat that is closer to the door so you can exit at a station quickly if needed.
7. In an emergency, don’t hesitate to call for help – Use your mobile or call for a member of staff.
9. Let someone know your plans before you travel, particularly if you’re catching public transport at night or going somewhere by yourself for the first time.
10. If you are in any doubt about the safety of a particular taxi, do not get into it.
By following these simple tips, you can help keep yourself safe when using public transport.