Staying safe in London

Safe travel in London

It's always a good idea to be vigilant when travelling on public transport.

  • Check where the nearest exits and fire escapes are, as well as emergency alarms
  • Always know where you're going and where you're getting off, and have a route - and a back-up route planned in advance, check for more information
  • Make sure you know when the last train/bus times are
  • Keep valuables out of sight and zipped away
  • Sit downstairs on a bus and near the driver so you can get off quickly if there's a problem
  • Don't sit alone in an empty tube carriage - pick one with people in it already
  • Move away from people acting aggressively

Staying safe in bars and restaurants

  • Make sure you keep your property out of sight and safely under the table or with you
  • Don't accept drinks from strangers
  • Keep hold of your drink
  • Check up on your friends by phone or text to make sure they arrived home safely and vice-versa

Keep your belongings safe

A bag can disappear in a matter of seconds and the thieves are often out of sight before you realise it has gone. Incidents of mugging and pickpocketing are traditionally low, however knowing how and where criminals who commit these crimes operate will help you avoid falling victim to them.

Thieves frequently operate

  • At tube stations
  • At cash machines
  • In car parks
  • Around bus stations
  • In overcrowded areas, especially at rush hour

Protecting your belongings by following these simple tips

  • Be aware and 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
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