When travelling on public transport, the companies themselves issue a lot of advice particularly in the stations or on the buses and trains themselves. However, it is worth bearing in mind the following general advice when travelling:
- 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.
- If something or someone is bothering you, inform the guard or driver, they can stay with you if you feel uncomfortable
- Try and have your fare ready so you don't have to get out your purse/wallet.
In relation to general personal safety try and remember the following suggestions:
- Try not to walk alone late at night and where possible 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.