Public Transport Security

Bus

Always sit on the bottom deck and as close to the driver as possible, this then minimalizes
the risk to you from the very beginning of you’re journey.

Do not listen to any kind of audio device when travelling on public transport, however if you are going to listen to an audio device always ensure that the speaker is in one ear closest to the window, this will ensure you can hear drivers announcements and fellow passengers around you.

Taxi

Always where possible get your taxi from a designated rank or if calling one make sure you  use a recognised taxi firm.

Always check the driver has the appropriate hackney carriage licence and identification before entering the taxi.

When possible pre-book you’re taxi for the return journey  with the taxi firm you have just used.

When your evening comes to a close your taxi will be waiting for you outside the venue.

Train Station

Like every other form of public transport, you will have to apply some common sense when at the train station waiting for the train to keep yourself safe. You need to think a little to keep yourself safe at the station and on the train.

By putting a few basic personal security measures into practice you can ensure you will have a pleasant journey and reach your destination safely.

Keep a vigilant eye on the train timetable screen at the platform, times can change without warning, and trains can be delayed. Stay on the main platform or in the waiting room until nearer the time for your train.

The waiting room will be warmer than a breezy platform and with more people around it will be safer.

Try not to remain on the platform by yourself during the night, most train stations have close circuit television installed but incase the station your at does’nt seek the warmth and safety of the public waiting room.

Waiting rooms are again nearly always installed with c.c.t.v and they will be positioned next to the train station managers office.

Remember to keep your personal belongings and luggage with you at all times, people often nip off to the toilet or cafe and return to either find their luggage has been stolen or has been mistaken by train staff  to potentially contain an explosive device.

All of your important travel tickets  and wallet / purse should be kept on your person at all times and not in your back pocket as this will attract pick pockets. Women should make sure handbags are fully zipped and the strap is slung over the neck across the bod.

If you on the other hand spot unattended luggage or spot anything suspicious inform the station platform officer immediately.

On the Train

All trains feature extended carriges mostly labelled as first class, during the day these carriges are full of business travellers but during the evening they are mostly empty, if so sit in a train carrige that has other people in it, don,t sit alone unless you are confident of your surroundings.

Where possible store your luggage on the rack above your seat or as close to as possible, if your luggage is to large leave it at the designated storage areas at the end of the carrige but first remove anything valuable or important.

If it is possible never try to open the train door whilst it is moving.

If travelling with children always keep them by your side and  never leave them unattended or let them wander off up the carrige on their own.

If you leave your seat for any reason always take valuable personal items i.e laptop, music player, phone, wallet and purse with you, do not assume that the person across will keep an eye on your personal items whilst you are gone as they may indeed turn out to be a potential thief.

On departure of the train make sure you prepare your personal belongings well in advance of your station stop, if unsure of when your train stop is ask the ticket conductor when he checks your tickets what time your station stop is.

On departing the train keep all belongings close by and if you have planned for your journey correctly you sholud either have a taxi waiting for you or a friend or relative waiting to collect you from the station, failing all of the above you should at least have a local taxi number stored on your phone or know where and when and the next bus is due, again personal safety when travelling is largely down to prior planning and using some common sense.


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