Staying Safe in a New City
10 October 2019 Freshers
Staying Safe in a New City
Moving away from home to university is an exciting landmark event in your life, and signifies a new level of independence that most people haven’t experienced before. As well as all the new people, new surroundings can also be quite overwhelming, especially for those that come from smaller towns and villages (like me!). After you move to a big city, it can be easy to fall into old habits that you’re used to in your home town however it’s important to make a few changes to keep yourself safe!
Travel in groups
You know what they say about safety in numbers! After nights out don’t risk it by walking home alone or even getting a taxi, always try to make sure you’re with as many people as possible to be on the are side. If it’s completely unavoidable and you do need to travel alone, let your friends know where you’re going and how long it will take, turn your location on until you’re home safe and call someone for the journey just in case! Find my Friends is a blessing on nights out, so that you can keep track of all your friends throughout the night.
Lock those doors!
At Abbey Rentals, all of our properties come with separate locks on your bedroom as well as the front and back doors for a reason! Make sure you’re at least locking the front door when you leave and at night as this is your first line of defence against intruders. Keeping your bedroom door locked is also a good idea, especially if you’re going to be gone for any length of time just as a precaution. This is especially important during half terms and holidays as potential burglars may wait until this time as they think most students will be at home and not staying at their student house!
Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, hide yo valuables…
It’s probably common sense but try to keep your valuable items out of sight, especially if you live in a busy area where people can see into your windows. Things such as laptops, jewellery, cash etc shouldn’t be left lying around, as this could tempt potential burglars into trying their luck. If you have some high value stuff it might also be a good idea to invest in a small safe just to be on the SAFE side (get it?)
Be careful when drinking!
Yes granted, university and drinking go hand in hand, and taking it a step too far during fresher’s week is a rite of passage. HOWEVER, it’s so important to make sure you’re staying within your limits and looking after yourself and your friends when you’re out. Someone’s who’s blackout drunk is an easy target for having their belongings stolen or worse, so it’s important to keep your wits about you, especially in a new and unfamiliar city. If you can feel yourself getting a little too carried away, take a step back from the alcohol and get some water and fresh air before you put yourself in danger.
It’s nice to be nice :)
When you’re somewhere new, it’s a good idea to become friendly with as many people as you can. This could be people on your course, in your accommodation, in your societies or just fellow students you’ve met whilst out and about. Being on a first name/liking each other’s insta pics basis with a variety of people can act as a safety net in case you get separated from your friends on a night out, need to walk back home from uni in the dark or just lost on your way back from Tesco doing the weekly food shop. Be a friendly face for other people and they’ll likely have your back too!