Out and about
When you are out and about..
Particularly at night, be aware of your surroundings and take notice of those around you. Walk with confidence and in small groups where possible. If walking home alone is unavoidable, consider getting hold of a personal attack alarm – they are widely available and inexpensive.
Register your phone with your service provider. If you report your phone as stolen, the SIM card can then be barred.
Make a note of the 15-digit serial / IMEI number. You can get this by dialling *#06# from your mobile phone or may be found behind the battery on some phones. This number will help identity your phone and trace ownership quickly. If your phone is stolen, call your network (or 08701 123 123) immediately.
Thieves are always on the lookout for easy targets so try and make it as difficult for them as possible. Keep bags closed and wallets, money and valuables out of sight. Laptops are particularly tempting for thieves – carry them in an anonymous bag, rather than a laptop bag, and try not to take them out in public.
When withdrawing money from cashpoints stay alert to your surrounding, when entering your PIN, make sure there is nobody standing nearby who could see what you’re typing and never keep your card and PIN together. Report any suspicious activity near cash machines to the bank or the police.
Mobile ‘phones are great for staying in touch with friends and family and can be used to report crimes or alert the police to incidents, however, they are also attractive items to potential thieves. Avoid making or taking calls in busy public areas, especially when walking and remember that it’s often difficult to stay alert to what’s going on around you when using a mobile ‘phone making you vulnerable to thieves.