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Staying safe out and about

While Middlesbrough is a safe place to live, it's important that you know what to do in an unsafe situation. There are lots of practical things you can do to protect yourself and others.

Making the most out of Middlesbrough

There is so much to do and enjoy in Middlesbrough! From building your future and making new friends in school, college, work or training to enjoying activities and interesting places to go. Middlesbrough is a safe place to live, but like anywhere you should always make sure that you keep yourself safe.

We've got some helpful, practical advice for staying safe whilst you are out and about.

Planning your journey

Before leaving home plan your journey. Whether you are walking or using public transport, plan your route and check travel timetables before you leave the house. This gives you confidence whilst out and about but also means that you will be on time for wherever you are going – bonus!
Connect Tees Valley have live information on buses and trains and can help you plan your route if you are travelling by bike or car or if you are walking.

Don’t forget to keep your stuff like cash and bank cards, phone and keys safe. Check they are not somewhere that you can accidentally drop them when you take out other things - we've all done it!

Plan your journey

Keeping your devices safe

Our tech is important to us and often includes our personal information. Make sure you don’t leave your phone, iPad, tablet or camera where you can't see it and don't leave it on a table or unattended.
Be aware of your surroundings and only use your mobile when it feels safe to.
When you’ve finished using it, put it away
There are also things that you can do now which help protect your devices and data in the event that they are stolen. From using a tracking app to turning off message previews.
Visit Cleveland Police's website for lots of practical advice.

Practical advice from Cleveland Police

Top advice for staying safe

Keep alert – be aware of your surroundings and the traffic and the people around you.
Know your address and parent or carer’s telephone number by heart.
Never accept a lift from someone you don’t know.
Keep your belongings safe.
Be prepared – plan your journey and make sure your phone is fully charged before you leave home.
Tell family and friends where you are going and when you will be back home.
Be aware when crossing roads – look and listen and give the traffic your attention – not your phone!

Remember if you feel like you are in immediate danger to call 999.