The chance of you being robbed or attacked is thankfully pretty small. However, there are steps you can take to help ensure that you are safe.
Here are our 5 Top Tips:
Safety in numbers
Whenever it's possible, try and walk with someone else or a group of friends. You're less likely to be attacked or mugged if there's more than one person.
You should always keep alert and aware of what's going on around you. You may be tired but if you fall asleep on public transport, you're more likely to have your bag or coat stolen. It's also not always a good idea to listen to music through your headphones or go on your phone when walking alone. As well as being distracting to you, it is showing that you have something worth stealing.
Avoid isolated areas
If you have to walk home alone at night, make sure you stay on roads that are well lit and are relatively busy. This will make it easier to see anyone who may be approaching you. If you do think you're being followed, cross the road or go into a shop. If you think the person who was following you is waiting outside, tell the person working in the shop. They can check to see if there's anyone hanging around or let you use their telephone to call somebody to come and collect you.
Watch your belongings
It's a lot easier to steal your wallet or purse out of a back pocket, so always carry it in a front one. If you're carrying a bag, try to have it around your front with your hand over the fastening to make it easier to tell if someone is attempting to snatch it.
When you're not using your phone, it might help to make sure it is hidden away in your front pocket or inside your bag. If you have a bike, invest in a reliable lock and mark it with an ultraviolet marker so that you can identify it if it’s stolen. You can also ask the police for a recorded cycle form which can match it to you via a national database.
Use public transport
If you are travelling by yourself and you know how to get home, using public transport is much safer than walking.
The bus: If you can, try catch a bus at a stop that has other people waiting there, as it's less scary than waiting by yourself. Once you’re on the bus, try to sit downstairs as it's easier to alert the driver if something does happen that makes you uncomfortable. If you can, sit in a seat next to the aisle so you can move seats easily if you want to.
The train: Wait in an area of the platform with plenty of light where you can see if anyone is approaching you. You may also want to stand near a platform attendant for extra safety. When your train arrives, choose a carriage with people already in it and look out for where the emergency alarms are.