Derby is a relatively safe and friendly city but as with any city you do need to take care of yourself and keep safe.
To keep yourself safe when out and about follow these tips:
- Walk confidently and be aware of what's going on around you when you are outside
- If you are planning to drink alcohol when you are out, make sure you know how you're getting home before you go out. Book a taxi or make an arrangement with a friend to get home together
- Keep bags closed, zipped up and buckled. Be extra careful with rucksacks. If someone grabs it, let it go. Bags and their contents can be replaced.
- Carry your wallet out of sight.
- When using a cash machine, go in daylight or choose a well-lit one.
- If you're taking your laptop somewhere, keep it hidden in an anonymous bag like a rucksack. If you take your mobile out with you, keep it hidden and keep calls brief.
- If you suspect you are being followed, cross over the road to see if they follow. If they do then go into a pub or shop to call a friend or the police.
- Have your house keys ready before you reach the door - and carry them in your pockets, not in your bag. Rummaging around for them means you're not looking at what's around you.
- Remember if you're chatting on the phone or listening to your personal stereo, you won't hear someone come up behind you. Your hearing is your best protection; your voice is your best defense. If you're attacked, shout and run.
- If something does happen to you, report it to the police and campus authorities. You could stop it happening to someone else.
- Personal alarms are available from all UDSU reception points, charged at a minimal cost but well worth investing in for your personal safety and peace of mind.
- Do not tell anyone your PIN number for your debit or credit card, always keep your card safe and in your own possession.