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Walking home

Best way to stay safe at night is to stick with your friends. But if you find yourself on your own, here are some tips:

  • If on campus, use our night-time walking taxi service by contacting Campus Security
  • Get a registered taxi – save some money for the end of the night, so you can be brought straight home – it’s much safer and easier
  • Get the night bus, the Uni2. Stagecoach provides a night bus until 04.35 and the route includes campus colleges and the local area.
  • Get a free personal safety alarm from Campus Security
  • Keep your valuables hidden – cover-up expensive looking jewellery, mobiles, keys, cash and cards
  • Stick to well-lit and busy areas. Avoid car parks and underpasses
  • Stay alert - don't walk home on the phone or listening to music

Dangerous drinks

Avoid getting spiked by following these safety measures:

  • Don’t leave your drink unattended
  • Never accept a drink from a stranger or someone you don’t trust
  • If you feel ill, slightly drunk or wasted when you know you shouldn’t, your drink could have been spiked. If so, tell someone you trust and get to a safe place

Safety in the home

  • Check you’ve got smoke alarms and test them regularly
  • Keep exits clear
  • Be careful cooking – more than half of fires start in the kitchen
  • Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of carefully
  • Close your doors at night
  • Switch off electrical appliances when you’re not using them
  • Make sure you have a gas safety certificate. Your landlord is legally obliged to make sure all the appliances in the house are safe
  • Fire safety advice from Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Protect against crime

  • Take out contents insurance on all your belongings
  • Keep valuables out of sight
  • Don’t keep spare keys hidden anywhere obvious
  • Security mark your valuables
  • When you go on holiday take your valuables with you and tell your neighbours
  • Report incidents to the police. You will need the crime reference number to make an insurance claim

Online safety

  • Use strong online passwords, don’t share them and regularly update software
  • Be aware that people you meet online may not be who they say they are
  • Protect your devices: get free anti-virus software and advice about keeping your PC, laptop and mobile devices secure
  • Email safety: how to spot clever fakes out to defraud you
  • Sextortion is when someone is persuaded to perform an act in front of a webcam, which is recorded by criminals, who then threaten to share the images online unless the victim pays. Find out more information and how to protect yourself on the National Crime Agency website. 
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