Staying safe when you're out and about

We work in close partnership with the police and other agencies to keep our area safe from crime and help you to feel safe. 

The chance that you or a member of your family will be a victim of crime is low. However, the best way to cut the risk of becoming a victim is to take sensible precautions when you are out and about.

Staying safe when you’re out and about

  • Carry your bag close to you or across your body
  • If someone grabs your bag, let it go – you are less likely to get hurt and your safety is more important than your property
  • Avoid carrying valuables in outside pockets
  • Take everything out of your pockets if you are hanging your jacket somewhere
  • Cover up expensive looking jewellery
  • Keep your mobile phone out of sight
  • Avoid using an enclosed phone box – an attacker could trap you inside
  • If you think you are being followed, cross the road and get to the nearest place where others are around
  • Don’t take short cuts through dark alleys, parks or waste ground – stick to well lit roads with pavements

Staying safe at cash points

  • Be aware of who is watching you
  • Make an effort to ensure no one can see the number you key in
  • Never write down your PIN number
  • Put your money away immediately

Staying safe on public transport

  • Avoid isolated bus stops
  • Sit near the driver or conductor
  • Sit in a busy carriage on trains

Staying safe in taxis

  • Avoid mini-cabs and private hire companies touting for business
  • Sit behind the driver
  • Check the taxi that arrives is the one you ordered

For more information and advice on personal safety contact us or Police Scotland. You can also visit the Suzy Lamplugh Trust website under external links.

Contact Information

Community Safety
Council Headquarters
London Road
Telephone: 01563 553950 
Out of hours: 0345 724 0000 (local rate)
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