General Crime Prevention
Follow our advice on how you can keep yourself and your belongings safe:
Keep your possessions safe:
- Never leave your bags or other valuables unattended in public places.
- Be discreet with your belongings; displaying expensive jewellery or electronic devices, like mobile phones or cameras, could attract unwanted attention.
Mobile phone theft:
- Don’t leave your phone on tables in pubs or restaurants.
- When you leave a train or tube station don’t use your phone immediately, leave it a while.
- Don’t walk and text at the same time, be aware of what is happening around you.
- Keep calls in public places as brief as possible; the longer you talk, the more likely you are to be spotted by a potential thief.
- If you're out and about at night try to keep to busy, well-lit areas.
- When travelling by bus or train try to avoid using stations in isolated places. If possible sit near the driver on buses, and on trains try to make sure you sit in a compartment where there are other people.
Taxis and Minicabs
- Always use a taxi or licensed minicab.
- Taxis (Hackney Carriages) can be hailed in the street. They look like purpose–built taxis or black cabs and have an illuminated taxi sign on the roof.
- Always use licensed minicabs. Minicabs should not be hailed in the street. They must be pre-booked by phone or in person at the cab office. The driver should have ID and the vehicle will have a license displayed on it. Minicabs that pick up fares on the street, without being pre-booked, are illegal, uninsured and potentially very dangerous.
- When booking a taxi or minicab, ask for the driver’s name and the make and colour of the car. Confirm the driver’s details when they arrive – is it the taxi or minicab you ordered?
- Sit in the back of the car and be careful not to give out any personal details to or in front of the driver.