Staying safe and secure when travelling

Top tips to help you keep you staying safe and secure when travelling, either for work or social purposes.

Before setting off:

  • Plan and Prepare: Before you leave to go out, plan your journey and the transport that you will be using. Consider what you might need in the way of money/cards and the time you’ll be home. Notify someone of your planned journey, who you are meeting and how you are going to get home. Consider whether you can travel home with a friend and ensure that you are aware of the time of the last bus/train.

  • Consider an app-based personal safety platform, lone worker device or personal alarm. Below we have listed our Secured by Design member companies which offer products that have been tested and certified to meet the exacting standards you would expect from the police, all to give you confidence and peace of mind.

  • Try not to keep all your valuables in one place. It’s a good idea to keep valuables such as wallets in an inside pocket and to separate a small amount of cash or a bankcard from your main purse/wallet. Keep your car or house keys separate too.

  • A simple thing, but try to remember to make sure your phone is fully charged before you go out so that you are able to make calls if you need to.

When Travelling

If you are travelling by car never park in isolated, poorly lit or dark places and remember to make a mental note of where your vehicle is for later on - preferably park in a Park Mark carpark.

The Park Mark Safer Parking Award is awarded to parking facilities that have been subjected to a rigorous risk assessment conducted by a police Designing Out Crime Officer and the British Parking Association. Trust your instincts when parking your car, if you feel uneasy about the location look for a more suitable spot.

  • If you are travelling by bicycle, lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking spots. These should be well lit and covered by CCTV. Secure cycle hubs and racks are often provided by local councils and businesses - again check these online with the local authority before making your journey.

  • If you are carrying a bag, keep it close to your body and keep your valuables out of sight and secure.

  • If you are out at night, try to stick to busy streets where you will be near other people. Avoid dangerous spots such as poorly-lit areas, deserted parks or quiet isolated alleyways.

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times, stay on well-lit streets and try to stick to routes you know best. If you are not familiar with an area or route, make sure you have planned your journey beforehand using street view and public transport timetables. That way you won’t be standing looking at your phone in unfamiliar areas trying to find your way around.

  • Stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Avoid chatting on your mobile phone or listening to music on your headphones, as this can distract you from your surroundings or any potential danger signs.
  • If you think you are being followed, always trust your instincts and take action. As confidently as you can, cross the road, turning to see who is behind you.

  • If you are still being followed, keep moving. Head to a busy area and tell people what is happening. If necessary, call the police.

  • If you feel worried or threatened on public transport, contact the guard or the British Transport Police. They won’t mind as they would rather make sure you are safe.

  • Think about getting a personal safety alarm. Keep it in an easily accessible place and carry it in your hand if you feel at risk. It can be used to momentarily distract an attacker giving you vital seconds to escape.

  • For more information on staying safe and secure visit the Suzy Lamplugh website HERE.

Remember – if you’re threatened with violence, don’t risk your personal safety. Property can be replaced, you can’t.

Personal Safety

Alarms

Peoplesafe


Alarm Receiving Center (ARC) - Standards: SBD , BS 8484:2016, BS EN 50518:2019 Category 1, ISO 27001:2013, ISO 9001:2015

Solon Security Ltd


Defender Shock / Contact Shed Alarm - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS503 - Gold

Locks & Hardware

DoorJammer


Doorjammer - Standards: SBD , PAS 24:2016

Doorjammer Lockdown - Standards: SBD , PAS 24:2016

JNE Security Limited


Minder Portable Door Lock MDPL-19 - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS301 - Bronze

Loxal Security Limited


IDACS Digital Locking Bar Pro - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS301 - Silver

Personal Security, Lone Worker & Vulnerable Person Protection

CPR Global Tech Limited


CPR Callblocker Model V5000 with display - Standards: SBD , Specialist Assessed

CPR Callblocker Shield - Standards: SBD , Specialist Assessed

CPR Callblocker V10000 with display and dual mode - Standards: SBD , Specialist Assessed

CPR Callblocker V2000 with display - Standards: SBD , Specialist Assessed

CPR Guardian III (2G) - Standards: SBD , Specialist Assessed

JNE Security Limited


Minder Personal Attack Alarm - PA001 - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS502 - Gold

Minder Personal Attack Alarm with Torch - TOR 001 - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS502 - Gold

Minder Miniature Personal Attack Alarms - MK001-S, MK001 & MKT001-S - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS502 - Gold

Minder Personal Alarm - Code MDST-001 - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS502 - Gold

Personal Attack Alarm Metal - 001 - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS502 - Gold

Personal Torch Alarm - T-2 Strobe - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS502 - Gold

Minder Phone Personal Attack Alarm - PPA-01S & PRP-001 - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS502 - Gold

Minder Multi-Purpose Scream Alarm - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS502 - Gold

Mini Minder Personal Alarm with Cob Light - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS502 - Gold

Minder Student Alarm RL-326 - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS502 - Gold

Orbis Protect Limited


Red Alert ID Pro - Standards: SBD , BS 8484:2016

Red Alert Protector X - Standards: SBD , BS 8484:2016

Red Alert ID - Standards: SBD , BS 8484:2016

Red Alert Fob - Standards: SBD , BS 8484:2016

PanicGuard Ltd


PanicGuard personal tracking mobile phone application. - Standards: SBD , Specialist Assessed

Hollie Guard personal tracking mobile phone application - Standards: SBD , Specialist Assessed

Peoplesafe


MicroGuard - Standards: SBD , BS 8484:2016

MySOS - Standards: SBD , BS 8484:2016

MicroSOS - Standards: SBD , BS8484:2016

Twig Ex - Standards: SBD , BS 8484:2016

Safe Shores Monitoring Ltd


Archangel SaaS for Loneworker, Independent Living and Safeguarding services - Standards: SBD , BS 5979:2007, BS 8484:2011, ISO/IEC 27001:2005

Solon Security Ltd


Defender IIIT Personal Attack & Audible Accessory Alarm - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS502 - Gold

Door Jammer DJ3 Portable Security Device - Standards: SBD , PAS 24:2016

Defender Cooper Torch Personal Attack Alarm - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS502 - Gold

Defender Slimline Personal Attack Alarm - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS502 - Gold

Defender Mini All Purpose - Personal Attack Alarm - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS502 - Gold

Defender MKA Torch - Standards: SBD , Sold Secure SS502 - Gold

trueCall Limited


TrueCall Home PA- Advanced Telephone Features for Micro Businesses - Standards: SBD , Specialist Assessed

TrueCall Secure-To Protect Vulnerable People From Scams - Standards: SBD , Specialist Assessed

TrueCall VI - To Protect The Visually Impaired From Nuisance and Scam Calls - Standards: SBD , Specialist Assessed

TrueCall Call Blocker-Flexible General Purpose Call Blocker - Standards: SBD , Specialist Assessed

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