It doesn’t matter if you live in a city, town or five miles from your nearest neighbour, personal safety is always an issue.
Thankfully most of us go through life without ever encountering a personal safety problem so please keep this blog post in perspective. This is about making you aware not scaring you.
Always assess your personal safety and take reasonable measures that can blend into everyday life without stimulating unnecessary fear.
- Avoid situations, which will necessitate you travelling alone at night time. There is safety in numbers. However, if you must travel on your own, plan your journey to limit your exposure to risk of assault, robbery or theft, by scheduling your journey to coincide with bus and train times etc. Use a taxi if no other transport is available.
- When travelling on foot, use busy routes and well-lit walkways – avoid isolated and darkened areas.
- Inform a friend or someone you trust of your intended destination, how you are getting there and the time you expect to arrive.
- Do not display obvious valuables on your person – jewellery, hand bags, mobiles etc. unless completely necessary. Carry only the amount of cash that you require – credit cards, and bank cards should be kept securely out of sight and not in hip pockets.
- When socialising, do not leave opened drinks unattended even for short periods unless a trusted friend is watching your drink for you.
- Remember that Campus sites are like any other public place and thieves will take advantage of students leaving property unattended in libraries, lecture theatres, and common areas.
- If you think you are being followed, go to the nearest place where there are people, even a private house and contact the Gardaí. If you are assaulted, help is available to you 24 hours a day.
Maynooth University Campus Watch