Personal safety

An image of a lady walking with her handbagTake these few simple steps to stay safe and reduce your risk of becoming a victim of crime.

Improving your personal safety isn't expensive or complicated - all it needs is some forward planning and common sense.

This advice covers a variety of situations and there are also separate sections about home security and personal safety at work. You can also speak to your local Crime Prevention Advisor.

Remember - violent crimes by strangers in public places are rare, they account for a very small part of recorded crime. 

Additional information is also available on the Home Office Crime Reduction Website (

The North East is one of the safest areas to live, work and visit.  Following this SIMPLE advice will help you keep safe.

SIMPLE Safety Tips:

Stay Alert - Remember
  • If you are wearing  headphones or chatting on your mobile phone you will be distracted from your surroundings and may not hear trouble approaching.

If you’re planning a night out, plan to stay safe.

Think: “Keys, money, phone, plans to get home”

  • Pre-book a taxi – make sure you know how you’re getting home.

  • Look out for your friends and arrange a safe meeting place in case you get separated.

  • Save an ICE* number in your phone. *(In Case of Emergency)

  • Stash some cash in case you lose your purse.

  • Know your limits and always stay in control.

Make sure you avoid danger spots:

  • Stick to busy, well lit streets whenever possible and avoid quiet or badly lit alleyways, subways, isolated parks or waste grounds.

  • Take the safer route, even if it’s longer.

Plan Ahead:

  • Know where you’re going and the best way to get there.

  • Whenever possible, avoid long waiting times at bus stops and stations by checking the arrival times before leaving home.

Listen to your instincts:

  • If you feel threatened, head for a safe place where there are lots of people, such as a pub, shop, garage etc.

Ensure you take the same precautions wherever you are:

  • It’s natural to feel more relaxed and comfortable in your own neighbourhood than when you’re in an unfamiliar area but it’s important not to get complacent about your personal safety even when close to home.