Travelling by public transport can be faster and more convenient in areas with high levels of traffic. It is also cost-effective and kinder on the environment than travelling in your own vehicle.
Unfortunately, travel hubs can be hotspots for criminals and opportunist thieves, especially late at night. Whether you're planning on travelling by train, bus, tube, taxi, or tram, use the tips in this blog to stay safe.
Plan your travel as thoroughly as possible for a smooth and stress-free journey. As well as writing down the time of departure of the train or bus that you wish to catch, make a note of the departures immediately before and after this time too in case you need to change your plans at the last minute. Look up the location of the bus stop or train station on a map before you set off so that you know where you're going, and make sure that you always know the time of the last departure.
Dress discretely when travelling on public transport to avoid drawing attention to yourself. Thieves often target tourists and those that seem lost, out of place, or unfamiliar with their surroundings.
If you can afford to leave your laptop, tablet or camera at home then do so. If you need to carry valuables with you then keep them hidden in your bag and avoid carrying obvious camera or laptop bags. Try to keep all your information about your journey written down on paper rather than your phone so that you don't have to keep getting your phone out.
Save yourself a lot of stress and anxiety by setting off for the bus stop or train station with plenty of time to spare to allow for traffic or other unexpected delays.
Make sure that someone knows which train or bus you plan to catch to make it easier for them to help you if you run into any trouble.
If you're feeling threatened or uncomfortable by another passenger's behaviour then don't be afraid to discretely change seats. If possible, move to a seat closer to the driver or another member of staff, these areas will often have CCTV which can deter troublemakers.
Avoid sitting alone at the back of the bus or in an empty carriage on a train or tram. The presence of other people makes you less vulnerable and can deter criminals.
If you plan on travelling by taxi, be sure to never accept a lift from a driver in an unmarked car. Licensed cabs should display their ID number on the back of the vehicle above their registration number plate. Book your taxi over the phone in advance and when the car arrives ask the driver to show you his ID and confirm that he knows your name and destination.
If you are required to travel by public transport during an upcoming trip and are worried about your safety then our qualified bodyguards and close protection officers could provide you with the extra protection you require to make you feel safe, secure and relaxed.
If you are concerned about your safety, speak to our team of professionals here at Stratis Secure about our range of personal protection and security services by giving us a call on 01774 778 313.