London is one of the most interesting and exciting capital cities in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year. It’s also one of the safest. However, as in any large and busy city, crime can sometimes be a problem so you do need to take care about personal safety and looking after your belongings. Here are a few tips:
Don’t leave your bags unattended anywhere. As well as attracting thieves, you could also create a security alert.
Don’t keep all your valuables in one place and don’t carry large amounts of cash around with you. Try to use travellers’ cheques, or take a small amount of cash along with credit or debit cards. When withdrawing cash, don’t let others see your PIN number.
Avoid leaving valuables in your room – keep them in the hotel safety box or safe. Keep a record of your personal belongings such as cameras, credit cards, passports and traveler’s cheques. Note down the numbers – it may help police to identify them if they do get lost or stolen.
If you see someone acting suspiciously, or unattended bags or suspicious items, notify a member of staff where possible or a police officer.
Call 999 in an emergency if you need police, fire or ambulance services. If you wish to contact the police and it is not an emergency, please call the non-emergency number, 101. If you have information you want to pass on to the police about crime please contact call 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 to remain anonymous.
For more information about safety and security in London, please visit the Metropolitan Police website
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