Originally Posted by MovingtotheCove
bb) 3 things to be most aware of to be safe?
Same as any major city.
Crime stats for London
Metropolitan Police Service - Crime Figures
Some tips for staying safe in a city (note that carrying pepper spray is illegal in England so instead of step 3, I would carry a very loud personal alarm that you can activate quickly)
How to Stay Safe in the City | eHow.com
Learn some basic self-defense techniques. You can either use a book, dvd or attend a class. Practice your defense moves regularly.
Always be aware of your surroundings and the people you are near. If a situation seems suspicious or odd, avoid it. If you are ever attacked or feel threatened, scream as loud as you can and run. Continue screaming while you are running.
When going out, make sure you have a friend to keep an eye out. Even if you don't stay together the whole night, always know where each other are.
If drinking, never let your drink out of your sight. Do not except drinks from someone you don't know.
Carry city maps with you. Knowing where you're going can keep you out of dark alleys and dangerous street corners. If you get lost, immediately get to a well-lit area and consult your map.
Always keep your cell phone handy. If you ever feel vulnerable or threatened, do not hesitate to pretend you are on the phone. This can deter potential attackers. If you feel a situation is becoming dangerous, call the police immediately.