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Security – Personal Safety

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Photo London Metropolitan Police

Even in a city as busy and crowded as London, incidents of mugging and pickpocketing are still quite low. Knowing how and where criminals who commit these crimes operate will help you avoid falling victim to them.

Thieves frequently operate:

  • At tube stations.
  • At cash machines.
  • In car parks.
  • Around bus stations.
  • In overcrowded areas, especially at rush hour.

Be aware and keep your possessions safe:

  • Never leave your bags or other valuables unattended in public places.
  • Be discreet with your belongings; displaying expensive jewellery or electronic devices, like mobile phones or cameras, could attract unwanted attention.
  • Don’t make your mobile phone a moving target. Don’t tempt mobile phone thieves, be aware when making a call.

Reduce the risk of mobile phone theft by following these simple tips:

  • Don’t leave your phone on tables in pubs or restaurants.
  • When you leave a train or tube station don’t use your phone immediately, leave it a while.
  • Don’t walk and text at the same time, you will be less aware of what is happening around you.
  • Keep calls in public places as brief as possible, the longer you talk, the more likely you are to be spotted by a potential thief.

Looks good enough to grab

Be aware of chain-snatch thieves and keep your jewellery out of sight. Snatch robberies can involve violence or theft. The chance that this will ever happen to you is quite small, but you should be aware of what you can do to keep yourself and your property safe:

  • Make sure your jewellery is not visible.
  • Plan your journey in advance.
  • Avoid dark or deserted areas late at night.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert to what’s going on around you.

How to get your personal items security marked

There are several ways you can mark you property to help protect your personal items further.If you have any information on stolen goods, report it to the police by calling 101. If it is an emergency dial 999.

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Security – Transport Travel Safety

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Photo (London Transport Police)

London Transport Police  Travel Safety Advice

Whilst London’s transport system is generally safe, a few simple precautions can further reduce risks:

  • Keep handbags and bags fastened closed and wallets in inside pockets
  • Keep cash, mobile phones, MP3 players and other high value property such as laptops out of sight
  • Keep your luggage with you at all times – this helps us avoid unnecessary security alerts and delays
  • Report any unattended bags, luggage or suspicious activity immediately to a member of staff, a police officer or use the green emergency button on the station Help point
  • If making your journey by minicab or taxi, always book your journey through a licensed operator. Text CAB to 60835 to get local licensed minicab and taxi telephone numbers sent to your phone – CABWISE
  • Use well-lit and safe routes to and from locations and not short cuts – always plan your journey home before you set out. Look confident and walk purposefully to your destination.
  • Report any incidents to members of station staff or a police officer. In an emergency, always dial 999. For further advice on reporting any crime, antisocial behaviour or low-level behaviour on the transport network view this link.
  • When travelling late at night try to sit with other passengers in busy carriages wherever possible. Otherwise, you could also sit close to the driver.
  • The consumption of alcohol is not permitted on public transport. If you see someone flouting this rule report it to a member of staff or to a police officer as soon as possible.

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch , we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
To find out more visit the website
here

Security – Travelling on Trains

trnaport police

Photo London Transport Police

How to beat pickpockets

  • Keep purses secure and carry wallets in an inside pocket.
  • Zip up hand and shoulder bags.
  • Carry bags in front of you with flaps against your body.
  • Keep straps short and bags tucked under your arm.
  • Don’t display jewellery.
  • Don’t show your money — keep it safely in your pocket.

Protect your gadgets

  • Install a tracker application on your smartphone, which could help trace your device if it’s stolen.
  • Stay alert and aware of what’s going on around you when using your phone in public.
  • We’re more likely to recover your property if you have marked it properly. Register your bicycle at www.bikeregister.com and your phone and other electrical gadgets at www.immobilise.com.
  • Keep a record of the unique reference number (IMEI) on your mobile phone. To get this, dial *#06#.
  • Always use your phone’s security lock or PIN number.
  • Use an ultra violet property marker to write your post code and house number on valuable possessions.
  • Insure your possessions and keep the insurance details handy.

Keep your luggage safe

  • Try to keep luggage close by and in view and check on your bags regularly.
  • Don’t leave valuable items unattended on a train when you visit the toilet or buffet car.
  • If you are going to sleep on a train, do not leave valuables in view on the table or seat next to you. Keep them hidden.
  • Ensure any bags placed on the on the floor are in front of you so that any movement of the bag will be noticeable.

If you become a victim

We’re here to help you. We know how distressing it can be to become a victim of any crime, and we will do everything in our power to find the perpetrator.

To report a crime, you can call us on 0800 40 50 40 or tell a police officer or member of station staff immediately. In an emergency always call 999.

If you have been the victim of a robbery, try and remember as much information about the perpetrator as you can and preserve whatever evidence there is.

If you witness a crime, you should report it to us on 0800 40 50 40, tell a police officer or contact transport staff as soon as you can.

Lost property

If you have lost your property on a train or at a station, report it immediately to a member of transport staff who will put you in touch with the relevant lost property office. It is an offence to report something stolen if you actually lost it.

For more information about lost property on the Tube visit the Transport for London website.

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch , we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
To find out more visit the website
here