The British Transport Police, who are responsible for the safety and security of the public on our railways, state that using trains is the safest form of travel in Britain. It’s how nearly 10% of us commute to and from work.
However, reported sexual offences on trains have more than doubled in the last five years according to statistics obtained by a recent Freedom of Information request.
British Transport Police report that 1,448 offences were reported in 2016-17, up from 650 in 2012-2013. The statistics, which covers the national rail network and London’s Underground system shows the majority of the incidents were sexual assaults on females aged 13 and above.
The report is consistent with data released by the BTP last year which saw “violence against the person” incidents had increased by 12.5 per cent year-on-year. In seven cases, the victim was killed.
The rise in reported assaults, particularly sexual offences doesn’t come as a surprise to some, citing it’s possibly a better awareness on how to report offences among
With the warmer weather on the way, you may be thinking about taking a trip abroad. If you’re planning a holiday or travelling to another country for work, there are a number of precautions you should take to help keep yourself and your valuables safe.
Our friends at Sainsbury’s Money Matters blog have produced a useful infographic (below) with advice on looking after your money when abroad. We’d also like to take this opportunity to share a few personal safety tips of our own.
Remember, it’s important to have fun and enjoy yourself, but keep the following advice in mind so that you’re prepared.
Do your research, find out where the nearest embassy is and make a note of this.
Know your destination so you are aware of any unsafe areas and crime hotspots. Check for official travel advice from the Foreign Office about the place you are visiting.
Inform your bank where and when
Three years ago, Skyguard set up the first and only lone worker personal safety service for International travellers. With 24/7 backup and support across 36 countries, Skyguard International continues to give peace of mind to those who find themselves in unfamiliar places, knowing there’s someone at hand with just a press of a button. Even if you do carry a Skyguard personal alarm, it’s still prudent to take preventative measures to reduce the risk of assault or injury whilst abroad. Here are five simple steps to follow to help keep yourself safe whilst travelling.
Check before you travel. Get a head start on knowing your destination by taking time to research using travel guides or the internet. Check the Foreign Office’s travel advice website for up-to-date information. Ensure you have all the relevant identification documents ready and are insured
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust – a charity that raises awareness of personal safety in the face of violence, stalking and aggression, has long campaigned for better licensing and operating of private hire vehicles (minicabs to you and me).
Every year, hundreds of crimes, including assaults and rapes are linked to illegal and unlicensed mini-cab drivers.
Using a taxi is supposed to give you a degree of protection as vehicles and drivers must meet suitability criteria, including local minimum standards for vehicles and a criminal record and health checks for drivers, before they are licensed by the relevant local authority.
However, even with more stringent measures and enhanced checks on drivers in place, it’s still prudent to make sure you’re safe before embarking on a journey in a minicab. Here’s our top tips for staying safe when booking a minicab.
Always try to pre-book your taxi in advance with a company you know