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Getting Home

Wednesday 30 January 2013 Yourself

Getting home after a night out and a few drinks isn’t always easy. The truth is people tend to put a lot more thought into what they are going to wear on a night out than how they plan to get home - and criminals know this!

Plan Your Route

If you take a few minutes to plan the end of your evening before you head out you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime. Spend a few minutes discussing with friends how you are going to get home.

Always leave a club or pub with a friend or group of friends. Let someone know where you are and what time you'll get home.


Walking

Walking is not the best option but if you have to, never walk alone. All students are equally at risk - contrary to popular belief, men are statistically more likely to be assaulted on the way home than women.
Plan your route in advance sticking to main roads and footpaths and avoiding poorly lit areas – especially shortcuts such as parks and dingy alleyways.


Taxis and Public Transport

Unless you want to be taken for a ride, watch out for rogue taxis and check with your students’ union for recommended companies. Pre-book a licensed taxi or find out the location of designated taxi ranks.

Remember, your safety is more important than the taxi fare. If you plan to use public transport to get home, try to sit near the driver.