Staying safe at night is important for all students, and should be of high concern especially for new students who are not familar with the Southampton area.
According to Southampton City Council, violent crime is down by 31% on 2008/09. A result of recent initiatives taken by the Council, such as the ICE Bus, Yellow Cards, Street Pastors, Taxi Marshalls, Night Time Economy managers and road closures, all implemented to ensure we can enjoy the Southampton nightlife safely.
Southampton is a relatively safe student town. However, it is still important to be cautious.
Here are some simple fail-safe rules about staying safe at night in Southampton. These are my “streetwise” rules that I personally stick to, so as to avoid trouble:
(1) Plan where you are going as well as how and when you will be returning either to your own home or a friend’s house.
(2) Travel with someone you can trust.
(3) Stick to well-lit streets.
(4) Do not have your Blackberry, iPhone or iPod on show.
(5) Walk confidently and never look lost.