Student Safety: Staying Safe in London in winter
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The UK is a safe place to study, and even in the big, main cities like London most students, as long as they’re sensible and protect their possessions, will have few problems when it comes to crime. However, there can of course sometimes be slight problems, just like in any major worldwide city. Therefore, taking a few precautions to stay safe is never a bad idea, especially with winter coming; bringing in the darker nights and shorter days. Here are some tips to get you started, to help you feel safe and secure this winter in London. Keep your valuables safe and discreet Walking around with your flashy iPhone in hand is rarely advisable, so a good rule is to keep things hidden from view. Likewise, remain alert by avoiding listening to loud music in your ear phones when walking, especially when you’re alone. Avoid going home alone at night Going home alone at night is not advisable anywhere really when it can be avoided, although of course it can’t always be avoided. Always try to go home with friends or housemates if you can. If there is really no alternative, ensure you travel home on main, busy roads where possible rather than quieter routes home. Use taxis where possible Likewise, use taxis to get home if that’s an option as this can be a really good and safe way to get home (and often the quickest, too). Never get in an unlicensed taxi – always book before you get in one, or get into a licensed black cab. Never get in a taxi where the driver asks you if you want a lift, as this is illegal.
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