Be safe on your way to college
Follow these guidelines and be safe when travelling to and from College:
- TRAVELLING ON BUSES,TUBES OR TRAINS...
- Plan your journey in advance - know where you are going and which stop you need.
- Always try to wait for your bus or train in a well lit place if it is dark.
- Travel downstairs on buses, particularly if you are alone.
- Keep things like mobile phones, purses and wallets out of sight.
- Take a little extra money in case you get stranded.
- Check where the help points and passenger alarms are and use them if you feel threatened.
- If you feel concerned about your safety on the bus, sit close to the driver. If you are on the tube/train, move to a carriage where there are other people.
- If somebody sits next to you who makes you feel uneasy, stand up and move to another seat.
- Check the times of the last buses and trains so you don’t get stranded late at night.
- Always act sensibly and treat others as you would like to be treated - your free travel can be withdrawn by TFL if they believe that you have behaved in an anti-social or criminal way this includes:
- Using offensive or threatening language or bullying others
- Playing music out loud
- Damaging your Oyster photocard or letting other people use it
- Not touching in with your Oyster photocard at the start of every journey
- Committing any type of crime
- WHEN WALKING...
- Think about the route and where you could go if you felt threatened. The best idea is to head for a public place where you know there will be other people.
- Try to avoid short cuts, use well lit areas wherever possible.
- Keep your mind on your surroundings. Look confident and walk purposefully to your destination.
- Never accept a lift with a stranger or someone you don’t know very well even if you are cold, tired or it’s late.
- TRAVELLING ON YOUR BIKE...
The Met have a Cycle Task Force dedicated to tackling cycle theft and improve cycle security across London. The aim is to create an environment where all cyclists and potential cyclists feel safe and secure to enjoy cycling by investigating theft and handling of stolen bikes, and disrupting the market and trade in stolen and second hand bikes and parts. There are a number of easy steps that you can take to help keep your bike safe:
- Park your bike where it can be seen – people will also see if someone is trying to steal it. Use designated cycle parking areas.
- Make sure the locks you use catch the bike frame as well as both wheels and the post, or a thief may steal the bike and leave the wheels behind! Also, make sure the post can’t be easily cut through, or the bike lifted off it.
- Try not to leave your bike in the same place every day.
- Locks can be picked, so face the lock to the ground (but not resting on it) so it can’t easily be turned upwards for picking. Make it impossible for a thief to smash the lock open: if you use a ‘D’ lock, try to fill the ‘D’ part of it with as much of the bike as possible. Never leave the lock lying on the pavement, where it can be sledge hammered easily.
- TAKING A TAXI...
Travelling by taxi can sometimes be a good alternative to public transport but there are a number of safety tips you should bear in mind:
- Always use a licensed taxi (a black cab) or a licensed minicab.
- Book your minicab journey by phone or in a minicab office.
- Never approach or accept a journey from a driver off the street. Only taxis (black cabs) are allowed to pick up customers off the street.
- When your booked minicab arrives, make sure the minicab driver can confirm your name and your destination. Check this before you get in the vehicle.
- Check the driver’s photo ID.
- Always sit in the back and if possible carry a mobile phone.
- When you’re on the way, phone a friend if you’re worried. If you’re seriously concerned or you feel threatened by the driver, phone 999 immediately.