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Staying safe when out and about

The nights are getting longer, this means it is more important than ever to take care when out and about, both on and off campus.

Across the university and in our halls of residence we have 24-hour security who should be your first point of contact in an emergency.

While on campus you should report any suspicious behaviour to security and be alert to building access.

If you notice anything suspicious or feel anxious about going between buildings or walking to and from your vehicle, then let security know and they can arrange for an escort.

While out and about off campus, using your common sense is important. The below tips from Mark Fox, our police liaison officer, are applicable at any time of year but particularly notable now winter is on the way.

  • When travelling about have a plan, and if walking, try to do your journey in a group. If you are alone, try to use public transport where you should sit near the driver or other people. If getting a taxi, always make sure it’s your taxi, sit behind the driver and make a note of the badge details.
  • When out, watch your drinks and take them to the toilet with you or leave them with a friend. Watch out for your friends and be aware of the help available, such as approved door staff, ambassadors who patrol Leeds’ nightlife areas on Friday and Saturday nights and Street Angels.
  • Use the ‘find my friend’ app if lost in a bar or club. It uses GPS to help you track people down.
  • Be mindful using phones when walking about, especially at night and with headphones in. The light of the phone, and the fact you won’t be able to hear anyone approaching, makes you a target.
  • Always stick to well-lit areas and busy streets whenever possible, and try to walk home in a group. Better still – get a licensed taxi.

Amber Cars runs a Leeds Safe Taxi Scheme whereby Leeds Beckett University students can book a taxi for up to four passengers, to the value of £20, and pay via their Student Union within 48 hours. By phoning 0113 2022117, and quoting ‘University of Leeds Safe Taxi Scheme’ or ‘Leeds Beckett Safe Taxi Scheme’, with a valid student card as proof of ID, a vehicle will be sent to stranded students as a priority. The end location must be a student residential address, hall of residence, police station or hospital. Members of each Student Union are fully trained to offer advice about the service and take payment.

Find more information on student safety on the West Yorkshire Police website.

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