Your neighbourhood, in many ways, is an extension of your home which means you should be able to -
- utilise the resources across Hull
safely and with confidence. Every person has a basic right to feel safe in their community.
Our 'Staying Safe' tips have been developed with personal safety and crime prevention in mind and includes -
- handy tools
- links to relevant websites
Safety at work
Whilst at work you may need to decide on what action to take to avoid potential danger and stay safe. It is always a good idea to think through options if you know of any potential risks you may face. Don't forget to check your company's policies and guidance for your own workplace.
In a premises
- be in control of your work environment -
- be confident but not confrontational
- make eye contact
- politely engage with customer/clients as they enter your premises
- trust your instincts - If you have to deal with confrontation -
- be polite
- don't raise your voice and
- use your own communication skills early to diffuse a difficult situation
- your volume, tone and body language are key elements to consider
- never underestimate a potential threat - If you feel uneasy, start to act. Create some distance between you and the individual. Try not to enter the aggressor’s personal space. They may see this as a threat.
- security measures - is there an effective CCTV system in place covering your premises, an emergency alarm, two-way radio or mobile phone should be carried at all time so you can summon help; ensure it is tested regularly. Do people know how to respond, your business community working together can reduce the risk.
Out and about
- plan ahead - Know where you are going and the best way to get there. Let people know where you are going, your expected arrival, duration and departure times
- be alert - Walk with confidence and be aware of your surroundings and who is around you! This will make you appear in control and less vulnerable. When meeting someone alone, place yourself between the other person and the door to give yourself an exit route if needed
- 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. Do not become involved in confrontational situations. If, for example, your ‘gut’ feeling is telling you not to enter a property listen to yourself and act with your safety in mind
- only take with you what you need - Think worst case scenario if you were to be a victim of crime. If someone grabs your belongings, let them go. Your safety is more important than your possessions
- avoid quiet or badly lit areas - Stick to busy, well-lit streets whenever possible. Take the safest route, not necessarily the shortest
If your daily work role involves working alone then use the link below to access more tips on keeping safe.
Personal safety and crime prevention at home
We all want to feel safe and secure, especially in and around our own homes. Whether we live alone or with a partner, friends or family, keeping safe is something we can all prioritise but sometimes take for granted.
Many homes are left unsecured with doors and windows left open or unlocked. This is sadly easy access for an opportunist thief. Here are just a few handy crime prevention tips-
- make sure your doors and windows are closed and locked when you’re not in the room. Nearly half of all burglaries are down to a door or window being open
- make sure nothing of value (including your car key) is left on show to tempt thieves into your property
- think about fitting a burglar alarm and security lighting – both to your home and outbuildings. It may be expensive, but they are very effective deterrents and can bring down your insurance costs
From a personal safety perspective, here are some safety tips from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service on ways you can make your home safer -
- fit smoke alarms and test them regularly
- never leave cooking unattended
- plan and practice your escape route
- switch off appliances before going to bed – including your cooker
- close all internal doors to prevent a fire from spreading
- share your safety plans with family and friends and look out for the elderly
For more information and advice on keeping safe at home use the links below.
Personal safety online
As the Internet becomes an increasingly intrinsic part of everyday life, online safety and security is more important than ever. Humberside Police have created a number of articles and short videos - that feature key advice for staying safe online. To access these please follow the link below.
You can find out more about online threats and how to protect against them using the links below.
Top 10 tips to staying safe online
Put a pin on it
Whether it's a phone, website or social media account, your first line of defense is a pin or password. Never us the same password, make sure it is hard to guess and never share your passwords with anyone.
Look for the padlock
When shopping or banking online always check there is a padlock symbol on the web browser window when you have logged in or registered. and that the web address begins with https://. The s stands for 'secure'.
Secure the Wi-Fi
Make sure your home Wi-Fi is protected with a strong password that only you and your family know. When out and about never use a hotspot that may be unsecure, especially when what you are doing is personal or private.
Always make sure you logout of your accounts when you have finished with them and log off a computer when you have finished using it.
Manage your messages
Never open or forward a suspicious looking email, or respond to a social media message from someone you do not know.
Be software savvy
Protect all your devices with anti-virus software and make sure you regularly install updates to any programs or apps, as they often include improved security settings.
Post in haste, repent at leisure
What goes online stays online so never say anything that could hurt, anger or endanger yourself or someone else.
Keep it private
Check the privacy setting on all of your social media accounts so that only the people you want to share your information with can see it.
When using an auction site, make sure you never transfer any money directly to a bank account or hand over any personal details. If you are thinking of making a big purchase like a car or finding somewhere to live, always make sure it exists and is genuine.
if you are a victim of fraud, report it to action fraud, this way we can all help to make the internet a safer place.
Personal safety when using public transport
It is always worth thinking about how you would act in different situations and what you can do to protect yourself. Even though the chances of something happening are quite slim some people still feel nervous about using buses or taxis. By following some simple advice you can confidently use any type of public transport or taxis.
Taxis are a great, safe way to get home after a night out. However, you should always check that your taxi is genuine or only ever order it from a company you trust.
- taxi drivers must carry identification - check it before you get in
- legal taxis must display a special number plate.
If you have any doubts do not get in. If you feel uneasy, ask to be let out in a well-lit area where there are plenty of people.
If you are alone ask the driver to wait until you are safely inside your home.
Public transport safety
People usually feel safest when they are in groups and brightly lit places. However, when you travel by public transport, you need to be extra cautious especially if alone -
- always carry a mobile phone in case you need to call for help
- avoid isolated bus stops at night
- plan your route and if possible tell your friends
- move away if someone makes you feel uncomfortable
- do not forget that the driver is there to help to
Stop Spiking Hull
We take your safety seriously. We understand that the action of spiking lies with the perpetrator, not the victim, and will work to protect safe night out in Hull and maintain safe drinking environments for everyone.
Find out more about how we can protect great nights out in Hull using the link below -
University or college life should create some of your best memories… but be aware! Some criminals see students as 'easy targets'. Follow the guides and make your student experiences ones to remember for all the right reasons!
Use the links below to find more information and handy tips -
You can also find useful information and advice in the document below, the Home Office guide, Be Safe Be Secure.