Personal safety

'Beware burglar' window stickers

Salford takes your personal safety seriously. Crime in Salford is decreasing and the chances of you or your family becoming a victim of violent crime is low. To maintain this you have to take precautions. Here are some simple precautions which you can take to try and reduce the risk of being a victim of crime.

Out and about on foot:

  • Plan your route there and back; avoid shortcuts through deserted areas.
  • Be alert, walk with confidence and purpose.
  • Whenever possible, do not walk alone.
  • If you can, let someone know where you are going and your time of return.
  • Walk facing traffic, so you can see what's coming towards you. 
  • Cover up valuables.
  • If you regularly walk alone, jog or cycle, vary your timing and route keeping to routes you know best.
  • Be aware of surroundings, an MP3 or an iPod may prevent you from hearing traffic or somebody behind you.
  • Do not use your mobile phones in open view.
  • If carring a handbag, keep it close to your body, fastened and with the clasp inwards.
  • If your bag is snatched, do not resist but shout for help.
  • Do not hitchhike or accept lifts from strangers.
  • Spread valuables about your body.
  • Keep your house and car keys in your pocket and not in your handbag.
  • Have your keys ready so you can get into your house or car quickly.
  • If you think you are being followed, cross the road more than once if necessary. If you are certain you are being followed, go to the nearest place with people about, a pub or a shop and call the police.

On public transport:

  • When waiting for a train or bus, stand where it is well lit and there are other people.
  • If the bus is empty or after dark, sit where the driver can see you.
  • On a station, stand well back from the platform edge
  • On a train, sit with other people and avoid empty carriages.
  • If you feel uneasy or threatened, move to another seat or carriage, get off at the next busy stop. If necessary, complain to the driver, conductor or guard.
  • Whenever possible get someone to meet you at your final destination.

Using taxis:

  • Use a licensed taxi or private - hire vehicle from a well known firm.
  • Make sure that you have the telephone number of the taxi company you have booked with.
  • When the taxi arrives, ask the name of the person the driver is to collect, and his name and company.
  • Do not get into a taxi you have not asked for.
  • If possible share a taxi with a friend.
  • Always sit in the back; if you chat to the driver, do not give away any personal details.
  • When arriving home, have your money and house keys ready and consider asking the driver to wait until you are inside the house.

When driving:

  • Keep your car regularly serviced, make regular checks on tyres, oil and water.
  • Join a national breakdown organisation and always carry your membership card.
  • Plan your route, where possible avoid having to stop and ask for directions.
  • Try not to map read, you may look vulnarable or lost.
  • Make sure you have enough fuel for your journey.
  • Carry some change, a phone card or a mobile phone.
  • Keep your doors locked when travelling or when refuelling.
  • keep valuables out of sight, property mark them with UV markers/forensic property marking kits.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • In slow moving traffic do not open the window more than an inch or two.
  • If you think you are being followed, keep driving till you reach a busy public place.
  • Park in well lit busy areas, making sure all doors are locked.

Mobile phones:

  • Avoid using your phone in crowded situations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Always use your phone's security lock or PIN.
  • Keep the phone with you, do not keep it unattended.
  • Avoid texting whilst on the street.
  • Have the phone security marked and keep a record of its details, note its IMEI number which can be obtained by typing *#06#.

Using cash machines:

  • Do not let anyone see or know your PIN.
  • Be quick and leave the cash machine as soon as you have completed the transaction.
  • Try not to use a cash point late at night or in a deserted street.
  • Never count money in the street, put it away immediately.
  • Do not write your PIN down anywhere.
  • Be careful that no one is peeping over your shoulder when using a cash machine.
  • Report your card immediately if your card is retained by the machine, lost or stolen.
  • Do not take help from strangers to operate the machine.
  • If in doubt of any irregularities at the machine, do not use it.
  • Always try to use the machines inside the banks/building societies or secure places.

Out drinking:

  • Never leave your drinks unattended in pubs or clubs.
  • Try to have drinks in bottles. Cover the top with your thumb when walking around.
  • If you think your drink has been spiked, tell a friend and contact a member of staff.
  • Take care when drinking, pace yourself.
  • Never drink any alcohol if you have to drive a vehicle later.

This page was last updated on 14 January 2011

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