Although Liverpool is rated amongst the safest cities in the UK, it’s still wise to take steps to make sure you are safe whilst out and about.
To help keep safe, make sure you follow these top student safety tips:
- Be aware of your surroundings – Using a mobile phone, wearing a hood, or listening to music on headphones while you are out can all affect your awareness of what’s happening around you. Street crime is often opportunistic, so making yourself less of a target by being aware of your surroundings will go a long way to keeping you safe.
- Travel safely – Try to travel with people you know and, where possible, stick to routes and forms of transport that others are using. If you do walk home, try to stick to main roads and avoid poorly lit areas, alleyways, and shortcuts through lonely places.
- Go against the flow – When walking on the pavement, always face oncoming traffic as it will make it far more difficult for thieves on two wheelers to ride up from behind and snatch your property. But still also be aware of anyone approaching from ahead of you.
- Be vigilant – When using cash machines make sure you protect your PIN. Try to avoid using a cash machine late at night, and if you have been drinking. If you do need to withdraw cash use a machine in a busy well-lit area and stay with friends.
- Protect your valuables – Keep them out of sight when you’re out, and also at home. Don’t leave laptops, tablets or phones unattended, even in the library. Try to keep your phone out of sight, and be vigilant if you do have to use your phone outside. It’s also worth registering your possessions with Immobilise – the free national property register that allows the Police to identify the owners of any recovered property in the event of theft.
- Drink responsibly – Alcohol and drugs will reduce reaction times and inhibitions, which makes it harder to assess risks and decide how to deal with them. You are far more vulnerable when you are drunk, especially if you are on your own. Eat before you go out, and try to alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks. Never leave your drink unattended.
- Attract help – If you feel threatened, make as much noise as possible to identify yourself in order to warn off the individual and to attract help from others.
Campus Support Services
The Campus Support Team available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, undertaking a variety of measures to maintain a safe and secure environment.
They also offer a chaperone service and will escort you around the University campus to ensure you feel safe while on site. To request this service, please contact the control room by calling: 0151 794 3252.