Travel in numbers, know the lay-out of your college… Indian Sun’s tips on student safety
SAFETY ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT
• Where possible, travel in numbers or sit in the company of people rather than on your own.
• Check time tables in advance, avoid long waits at platforms, bus or tram stops, particularly at night.
• If a long wait is unavoidable, stay in well-lit areas or wait near local shops or public venues.
• Travel in the front carriage (particularly at night) and sit close to the driver (in the tram).
• If you are harassed complain loudly and draw attention to yourself to advise others of your situation.
• If catching a taxi, consider sitting in the back and take note of the driver’s details. Where possible pre-order a taxi over the phone as the driver’s details will be recorded.
SAFETY AT UNIVERSITY
• Know the layout of your college including safe paths and exits.
• Immediately contact a staff member if you observe anything suspicious or threatening.
• Move away from threatening behaviour.
• In a lift, stand near the control pad and get out if you feel uncomfortable.
• Do not leave valuables such as wallets, laptops or mobile phones unattended.
SAFETY IN YOUR HOME
• Never open your door to a stranger, seek the identity first and if in doubt lock them out.
• Never give personal details over the phone eg: marital status, working hours, types or places of employment, occupants of the premises.
• Don’t display too much information at your home or on your letter box.
• Lock windows and external doors when leaving home.
• In flats, don’t let people in unless you know them.