Most people, when visiting London, have a safe and enjoyable time, but it is always a good idea to keep yourself safe and aware of your surroundings.
Here are 5 Helpful Tips for Keeping Yourself Safe.
- Plan out your journey carefully
Always spend some time before you travel planning out your journey. This will help ensure that you do not get lost or end up in an undesirable location. A well-planned route will mean that you can confidently travel into and around London with a lesser risk of getting into vulnerable situations.
There are various resources that can help you plan the perfect journey. The site that the security experts at All Time Security would recommend is the Transport for London website. It is an official and effective means to plan out your trip to London.
- Keep your belongings secure
When travelling on public transport like trains and buses, you are likely to be in a situation where you are very close to other people. This is to be expected in busy periods of the day like the beginning and the end of the working day.
Unfortunately, not everyone on the train or bus will be honest. Public transport is often a good opportunity for pickpockets to find easy targets. To avoid falling victim to pickpockets, follow these
To avoid falling victim to pickpockets, follow these steps:
– Be aware of the people around you. If someone is standing too close to you, try to move away. If this is not possible, then keep an eye out for your valuables.
– Do not keep your wallet or phone in your back pocket. It is harder to keep track of item in your back pocket, and it is much easier for a professional pickpocket to swipe it without you noticing.
– Don’t flash high-value items. This can give potential pickpockets the incentive to carry out their crimes.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
The old saying “Cash in King” holds a lot of weight. The more cash you are carrying, the more have to lose. There is nothing more appealing to a pickpocket than them putting their hands into a pocket and finding a wallet bursting with bank notes. And there is far less chance of you recovering your losses than if you were to lose or have your bank card stolen.
It is better to take the minimum that you may require for your journey and use a bank card where possible. You can always use cash withdrawal machines to get cash if needed. But always be aware of who is around you when withdrawing cash. Ensure that the cash machine does not have any suspicious devices on it. Try to use cash machines that in populated areas and always cover your pin number when entering it.
- Be careful when using headphones
Most people these days like to enjoy a bit of music or video while on their journey. But you have to remember that if you have your external sound reducing headphones plugged into your ears, you are less likely to detect danger. As humans, we detect danger using all of our senses, sight and hearing being the most obvious. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t aid your arduous journey with a
bit of entertainment, rather you should just keep the volume to a manageable level and not get so sucked into your device that you lose sight of what and who is around you.
- Avoid walking alone at night
Try to make your journeys to London during daylight hours and try to remain in populated areas. There are fewer risks when there are other people around.
If you find that a night journey is inescapable, then avoid unlit areas, as visibility will be poor. It would be recommended to avoid headphones at night as your eye-sight will be limited and you
will be relying on your hearing more.