Personal safety

Lincolnshire is a safe place to live, work and study but it is still important to be aware of your personal safety.  By following a few precautions you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.

On foot

Try to stick to these general rules when out and about on foot, particularly if you are alone, or out at night.

  • Plan your route and let someone else know where you are going, particularly at night.
  • If you travel to the same location on a regular basis such as for work, try to vary your route.
  • Stick to well-lit and busy areas and don’t take risky short-cuts.
  • Walk facing oncoming traffic.
  • Always have a mobile phone with you, but avoid using it while walking as it can decrease your awareness.  The same applies to wearing headphones.
  • Be extra careful at cashpoint machines.  Don’t draw money out if you feel someone is hovering and don’t count it in the street.
  • Try not to listen to headphones or talk on your phone as it will decrease your awareness
  • Consider carrying a personal alarm.
  • Never accept a lift from a stranger.
  • If you think you are being followed, cross the road in a confident manner as you can and turn to see who is behind you. If you are still being followed, keep moving. Head for a busy area and tell people what is happening.  


Buses and trains

  • Work out your journey in advance and which stops you need.
  • Avoid taking your purse or wallet out by having your ticket or exact money ready
  • When waiting, stand in a well-lit area near other people
  • Avoid empty carriages or top decks.  Sit near the driver or other people
  • Keep your belongings close.  Don’t leave them unattended
  • If you feel uneasy, move to another seat or carriage.
  • If you feel threatened, tell the driver or guard.        


  • Share a taxi with people you know if possible.
  • Always use a licensed taxi or minicab.
  • Have the number of a trusted taxi company with you or stored in your phone
  • If you have pre-booked a taxi, check that it is the one you ordered before getting in.  Ask the driver for their name and the destination.


  • Keep your bicycle in good working order.
  • Act confidently about where you are going.
  • Wear a safety helmet and reflective clothing in the dark.
  • Use appropriate security for your bicycle – see our pages on bicycle security

On a night out

  • Never accept drinks from strangers.
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended.  If you have, buy another one.
  • Know your drinking limits.  Alcohol lowers your guard and affects your judgement.
  • Look out for your friends and try to stay clear of trouble.
  • Plan your journey in advance, including the journey home.  Try to travel with other people you know if possible.
  • Make sure you have extra money in case you get stranded or miss the last bus.
  • In Lincoln City centre there is a Public Space Protection Order that prevents street drinking.

At home

We have a comprehensive section on home security to keep you and your belonging safe.

Visit our home security pages.


  • Never disclose private information such as your phone number or address to others or on online sites.
  • If you arrange to meet someone in person that you have met online make sure you meet in a populated public space.  Do not accept lifts from the person you are meeting.  Tell a friend or family member where you are going and what time you expect to return.
  • When using social networks be aware that much of the information becomes public by default and is easy to search for. 
  • Avoid posting personal details or anything that could be used to steal your identity.
  • Assess your privacy settings on your social networking sites so that only friends can see your personal information.


Moving to a new town or city as a student can be exciting as well as daunting.  As well as all the points above, as a student you should.

  • Get to know your surroundings quickly.
  • Get to know your flat mates quickly.
  • University is a place where you can experience new things, but don’t be afraid to say no if you feel uneasy.
  • Keep your high value items such as laptops and tablets out of sight and secure when you are not using them.
  • Consider marking your property before going to university.
  • Think before posting anything on social media.  As well as compromising your safety, potential employers may reject an application because of information they have found online about you.

Property registration and marking

We recommend that you mark and register your property and advertise the fact using window stickers. 

You can register your property FOR FREE using Immobilise, a national, police approved database.  

See our property registration and marking page for more details.

Report it

If you are being stalked, harassed or have been a victim of burglary or robbery and are in immediate danger, call us on 999.

You can also report by calling 101 or report it online.

More help and support

For further advice or recommendations, contact our Crime Prevention Advisors


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