Help keep yourself safe after dark this Winter

As we approach Christmas and the examinations period, we would like to share some advice to help you keep yourself safe when traveling after dark.

First of all, if you are travelling home at night, always be aware of your surroundings. Be mindful that if you wear earphones, this may reduce your awareness.

It’s always a good idea to stick to well lit paths and avoid risky shortcuts as thieves favour darkness and secluded areas to commit crimes. Don’t give them the opportunity to steal your property.

Avoid displaying valuables, like your phone, laptop or house keys. Carry your bag close to your body, but if someone grabs it, let it go – your safety is more important than your stuff.

Remember to let people know where you’re going and when to expect you. After late revision sessions in the library or nights out, avoid walking home alone. Stick with your friends or take a licenced taxi home. Even if you don’t have cash, you can hand over your Ucard to the driver, then pay your fare and collect your Ucard the next day from the SU Welcome Desk.

The Women’s Minibus also runs all week from the Students’ Union building, for £1.50 it will drop you directly to your door (within two miles from the Students’ Union). Check the timetable:

If you are threatened by a person, your safety is the most important thing, so scream, shout and set off a personal attack alarm to startle the attacker giving you time to escape. Run towards a popular or well lit area if you can. Try to make a note of details such as car registration plates, clothing, description of the person and their height. This information is really important for the police when looking for the person and identifying them.

If you experience an incident on campus or at the student residences, report it to Security Control on our 24-hour line 0114 222 4085, or in an emergency 0114 222 4444.