There are some general street safety tips you can follow to help you feel safer and reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
- Never use an unlicensed mini-cab, you're not insured if you do
- Listen to your instincts - if you don't feel safe move to a busier area.
- Look confident, know your route and avoid badly-lit streets.
- If you have to walk somewhere where you feel unsafe - stride purposefully.
- Always try and tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back.
- If you take a different route home from your friends, let each other know that you've arrived safely. Call or text your friend once you arrive home safely.
- Carry your bag securely. Put the strap across your body and make sure the fasteners are facing you.
- If you use a cashpoint, try to do so during daylight hours and, wherever possible, use the machines situated inside the building society or bank. if you have to use a cashpoint at night go with a friend and stay alert to other people on the street.
- Report crimes and suspicious incidents to the police.
- Avoid carrying your wallet in your back pocket.
For more information on how to stay safe as a student please visit www.west-midlands.police.uk/saferstudents/