OUSU offers a Safety Bus, in conjunction with Brookes Student Union, which will pick you up and deliver you anywhere within the Oxford ringroad for a small donation of £1 per trip (and if you are literally penniless, they may still take you, as the emphasis is on safety). The service is run by volunteer student drivers and navigators, 9pm-3am (9pm-1am on Sundays), and can be contacted during these hours on 07714 445 050.Please be aware that you may be asked to wait for the bus to come to you, especially if you are in a group (the service prioritises vulnerable people) and that on some nights, it may not run due to volunteer shortages. However, it is always worth trying, as it’s much cheaper than a taxi, and obviously much safer than walking. For more information, or to volunteer, go to http://thesu.com/safetybus.
If you ever find yourself really stuck you can always ring the JCR Welfare Reps and we will be more than willing to come and rescue you! In addition, free personal attack alarms are available to all members of the JCR, and can be obtained from the JCR Welfare Reps. Carry it and your mobile phone everywhere, and bear in mind the following safety advice:
- You will be safest in bright, well-lit and busy areas; never use dark alleyways.
- Try to look and act confident – look like you know where you are going and walk tall.
- You might like to spread your valuables around your body. For example, keep your phone in your bag, your keys in your trouser pocket and your money in your jacket.
- If someone tries to take something from you, it may be better to let them take it rather than to get into a confrontation and risk injury.
- You can use reasonable force in self-defence. You are allowed to protect yourself with something you are carrying anyway (for example, keys or a can of deodorant), but you may not carry a weapon.
- If you decide to defend yourself, be aware that your attacker might be stronger than you, or may take what you are using in self-defence and use it against you. It is often better just to shout loudly and run away.
- Shout ‘fire’ rather than ‘help’ – it can get more results.
- Try not to be conspicuous about the valuables you are carrying: talking on your mobile phone, carrying a laptop, or showing your friend your new gold ring all show thieves that you are worth robbing.
- When out walking or jogging, you should not listen to a personal stereo through headphones, so you can stay more alert to your surroundings.
More information about personal safety can be found at:
- Metropolitan Police
- The Suzy Lamplugh Trust