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Student Safety: 21 Things You Need To Know

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Going to university can be one of the most exciting times of your life. Follow these simple safety rules from Safe Girl Security to make the most of it.

STAYING IN…

When you leave your room in halls always lock the door and shut the windows.

Think about the risks before inviting someone you’ve just met into your room.

Never let anyone into your block by holding a door open unless you know them or have checked their ID.

If you see anything suspicious report it to campus security. It may be nothing to worry about but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

When choosing where to stay make sure it’s secure and the area feels safe. It’s a good idea to visit it at night as well as during the day.

Make sure you meet all your prospective flat mates and trust your instincts when deciding whether or not to move in.

Ask if there are any areas near your halls to be avoided. Some shortcuts may be great during the day but have a reputation among other students for being unsafe at night.

GOING OUT AT NIGHT…

Try to plan ahead. Make sure someone knows where you are going, who you are meeting, and when you expect to return. Always plan how you are going to get home again.

Remember, alcohol can seriously affect your ability to make safe judgments.

If you are socialising with a group of people then watch out for each other and make sure everyone stays safe.

Remember, the most common date rape drugs can be used to spike alcohol, so keep an eye on your drinks so that neither drugs nor extra alcohol are added. Consider carrying some drink drug detective sticks.

Dates are safer and easier to leave quickly if they are in a public place.

OUT & ABOUT…

Stay Alert. Avoid chatting on your mobile or listening to music on your headphones, as this will distract you from your surroundings and prevent you from hearing any potential danger signs.

You may often be laden with books and bags but always try to keep one hand free and walk confidently and purposefully.

Think about getting a personal safety alarm. Keep it in an easily accessible place and carry it in your hand if you feel at risk.

If you are out at night, stick to busy streets and near other people. Avoid danger spots such as poorly lit areas, deserted parks, or quiet alleyways.

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 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 bus.

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.

Safegirl Security sells stylish, fashionable personal alarms and safety products. For more safety tips, visit www.safe-girl.co.uk




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