During the darker winter evenings we would like to remind students and staff to take care when heading home, and avoid walking home alone.

We have compiled a list of top tips on how to stay safe this winter and while we know you will have heard this message before, your wellbeing and personal safety is important to us, so we want to ensure you have access to advice and know who to turn to for support.

Don’t walk home alone

Tips on how to stay safe on an evening out or after a late study session. 

  • Go out in a group and come home in a group.
  • Stick to well-lit and well used areas. Do not take short cuts through dark and remote alleyways, parks or wasteland. Try not to walk close to the waterfront at night. Walk briskly and with confidence. Walk along the pavement facing oncoming traffic but keep back from the curb. Keep clear of recesses such as doorways.
  • Be alert to your surroundings. Do not walk whilst chatting on your mobile phone or with earphones in.
  • If you have concerns about a group of people or a particular situation, keep away.
  • Carry your keys in your pocket.
  • If you think you are being followed, check by crossing the street. If you are worried go to the nearest place where there are other people and call the police. Do not use a phone box.
  • Be wary of meeting anyone on your own if you do not know them well.
  • Do not visit a cashpoint alone.
  • Use a licensed taxi firm. Never get into an unmarked taxi.
  • Let your friends or family know the approximate time you are due to arrive home.

Ensure your home and valuables are secure

Tips on home security and keeping your valuables safe.  

  • When you leave your house ensure all windows and doors are locked.
  • Leave a light on when you leave the house so it appears as though someone is in.
  • Do not leave your personal belongings on display.
  • Never leave a spare key lying around even if you know a housemate is returning soon.
  • If you see anyone looking suspicious on or around campus, report it to a ranger / member of staff.
  • Use a UV pen to mark your valuables with your address.
  • Use tracking apps in case your things get lost or stolen so you can get them back.
  • Do not leave your property unattended, particularly mobile phones and laptops.
  • Try to carry your laptop in a shopping bag or a rucksack when travelling alone as a laptop bag will draw attention to it.