When you are out and about it is important to stay safe, to be aware of your surroundings and not to take unnecessary risks.
Top Tips for Personal Security when Out and About:
- Whether out walking during the day or night, plan your route and walk with confidence.
- Avoid walking home alone after a night out - try to stay in a group and avoid dimly-lit areas.
- If you ever feel that you are being followed, initially try crossing over the road. If they cross with you, try to walk towards a busy public area and then ask for help.
- If you are on the phone while walking, you are less aware of your surroundings, making you vulnerable to thieves and muggers.
- Carry your valuables so they are not obvious - e.g. don’t put your wallet in your back pocket, and close your handbag properly.
- Try not to use cashpoints at night - if you have to, take a friend with you. If you see anyone suspicious, don’t withdraw any money.
- Don’t accept lifts from strangers.
- Try to let someone know where you are going, plus your expected time of return.
Check bus service timetables to avoid waiting at bus-stops for long periods. Sit close to the driver or in view of CCTV, and avoid sitting upstairs if you are on your own.
Choose a carriage that has other people in it.
Only use a taxi that displays a valid taxi licence: without a licence the vehicle and driver are breaking the law, and you are risking your safety.
Always know how you are going to be charged (i.e. agreed fee or meter). Taxis generally cannot refuse to take you.
If you have a problem with a taxi journey or driver, make a note of either the vehicle licence plate or the taxi licence number and report the problem to the Local Authority issuing the taxi licence.
Places to get advice about Personal Safety:
Students who live on campus and have concerns about their personal safety should contact the University’s Security Office in the first instance. They are based at the Gatehouse and their contact telephone numbers are:
In an Emergency - 22222 internal or 024 765 22222 external
Non Emergency – 22083 internal or 024 765 22083 external
Please also see useful information about personal safety provided on the University website.
For students living in the Coventry area, please see the following West Midlands Police which provides useful information on personal safety.
For students living in Leamington and Kenilworth, please see the Warwickshire Police website which provides useful information on personal safety. Warwickshire Police also operate Safer Neighbourhood Teams covering North, South and Central Leamington Spa and Kenilworth. You can find out more information about your local team at warwickshire.police.uk
International Students: The British Council has produced some helpful guides about moving to the UK and staying safe - links to these guides can be found on the University Website.