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    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 or 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 may be distracted, making it easier to take it from you.
    • If you are attacked it is often better to shout 'fire' rather than 'help', it tends to attract more attention.

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