Q500: Do you have any advice about personal safety on public transport?
When travelling on public transport the companies themselves issue a lot of advice particularly in the stations or on the buses and trains themselves. It is worth bearing in mind though the following points:
- Always sit downstairs on a bus, as near to the driver as possible.
- On a train try not to sit in an empty compartment.
- Make sure you keep hold of all personal belongings.
- Avoid sitting near any people who make you feel uncomfortable, like drunks or aggressive people etc.
- Try and have your fare ready so you don't have to get out your purse/wallet.
In general though, wherever you are try and remember the following suggestions:
- Do not walk home alone late at night. If you do, then choose well-lit main roads and walk confidently.
- If someone does grab your bag fighting back is not always a good idea, you do not know if your attacker has a weapon.
- Always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. Reading and listening to music can be distracting.
- In a busy public place, try to use your mobile phone only in an emergency as it is advertising the fact that you have a phone. Whilst using your mobile phone you are distracted, making it easier to take it from you.
- If you are attacked it is often better to shout "FIRE" rather than "HELP" as it tends to attract more attention.