Our surveys show that some people feel more concerned about their safety when it's dark and although Lancashire is a pretty safe place, there are still things that you can do to look after yourself.

What can you do to keep yourself safe at night?

  • Plan your route, especially at night. Avoid isolated bus stops/train stations and sit near the driver or close to other passengers when you are using public transport at night.
  • Try to keep to busy well-lit areas and don't take short cuts. Keep away from bushes and buildings.
  • Where possible, don't walk alone after dark. Take someone with you.
  • Keep valuables such as your mobile phone, jewellery and so on out of sight.
  • Always walk facing oncoming traffic.
  • To avoid delay, have your keys ready when you are getting close to your car or home.
  • Never accept lifts from strangers.
  • Carry a mobile phone and keep a taxi phone number handy or programmed into your phone.
  • When ringing for a taxi, ask for the driver's name and check this when he/she arrives.
  • If you think you are being followed, cross the road, and head towards a busier place where you can ask for help. 

Key contact

Lancashire constabulary

Visit the Lancashire Constabulary website 

See also


Crimestoppers is a charity that you can report a crime or information about a crime too anonymously. They also provide simple tips to prevent you from being a victim of crime. Find out more 

Lancashire partnership against crime

The Lancashire Partnership Against Crime is a charity that has allocated over £1 million to support various crime prevention and community safety schemes throughout Lancashire. Find out more