7 top tips for a safe night out

Staying safe in the city

Although Liverpool is a relatively safe place to live and study, to help you and your friends stay safe while out and about in the city, we wanted to remind everyone of some key 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.
  • 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. Always keep an eye on your drink to make it more difficult for someone to spike it. This guide can help you recognise the symptoms of drink spiking so that you can act quickly to help yourself or others.
  • 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.
  • 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 Team

The Campus Support Team is on campus 24-hours a day, seven days a week, undertaking a variety of measures to maintain a safe and secure environment.

The Campus Support Services offer a 24/7 chaperone service and will escort you around the University campus to ensure you feel safe while on our site. To request this service, or to find out more about the support available, please contact the control room on 0151 794 3252. In the case of an emergency call 0151 794 2222.

Student Support Services

Please remember that if you ever feel like you need support or advice, our Student Support team is here for you. You can get assistance with your studies, help with health and wellbeing, financial advice and more. Click here to find out more.