Personal Safety

It's important to take personal safety seriously and a few simple precautions can help lower your chances of becoming a victim of crime.
 

The chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Chiltern District are very low. However, it is always wise to be aware of personal safety issues to maximise your own safety.

Public places

When out and about you should: 

  • stick to busy, well-lit areas
  • consider places of safety along your route, this could be a friend's house or shops
  • keep your purse, wallet, money and valuables out of sight
  • keep your bags closed, zipped and buckled
  • avoid walking and talking on your mobile phone
  • wear your bag across your chest, so that it can be pulled off your shoulder
  • never leave bags unattended
  • carry only the amount of money that you need, plan ahead

If someone tries to take something from you, let them have it. Don't put yourself at risk of being hurt by trying to hold on to it. Throw the item on the ground in front of you, run away and shout loudly to draw attention to what is happening.  

If you think you're being followed, cross over the road to see if they follow you. If you're still worried, don't wait around. Go into a pub, shop or other busy public place.

Always report any suspicious incidents to Thames Valley Police via 101 non emergency, or call 999 in an emergency.

Out at night

When out at night, always be alert and:  

  • plan how you are going to get home
  • never walk home on your own, walk with friends or call a taxi
  • try and stay with your friends, you are more likely to be a target on your own
  • if you must walk alone, avoid shortcuts and stick to busy/well lit areas
  • keep your mobile phone charged
  • have your house keys ready before you reach the door
  • try not to drink too much
  • be wary of accepting drinks from strangers
  • never leave your drink unattended
  • make sure someone knows where you are and when to expect you back

Public transport 

When using public transport:

  • plan your journey in advance, make sure you know your route and stop
  • check the times of the last trains and buses
  • wait for your train or bus in a well-lit place, near other people
  • sit in a busy section, or sit close to the driver if you feel concerned
  • have your ticket, pass or change ready, so that your purse or wallet is out of sight
  • report any unattended bags or suspicious activity immediately 

Taxis

Genuine taxis are licensed by the local authority and should display a plate showing their licence number.

Use a taxi company you know, or one recommended by family or friends and keep this number with you at all times. If possible, book a taxi in advance to take you home. If you're unable to call a taxi, always go to a taxi rank or office. Don't flag a taxi down from the street. 

When getting in a taxi: 

  • make sure the driver knows your name and destination, to be sure it's the correct taxi
  • always sit behind the driver in the back seat
  • have your money and keys ready before you leave the car
  • if you feel uneasy ask the driver to stop in a busy, well-lit place and get out of the car
  • travel with a friend if possible

Mobile phones

Your mobile phone contains a lot of valuable data, so it's important to make sure it doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

To make sure your phone is protected:

  • keep your phone out of sight when in public places
  • make sure your phone has a security code
  • only give your number to family and friends that you trust
  • dial *#06# for your phone's IMEI number, write this down and keep it in a safe place

Always report any suspicious incidents to Thames Valley Police via 101 non emergency, or call 999 in an emergency.