Freshers’ Week Safety Tips!



Going to University is a new adventure that is both exciting and nerve racking. You leave the comfort of home to live with people you don’t know and you have to cook and clean yourself, maybe for the first time! Suddenly you are thrown into a world of independence, which is strange to most. We know that safety might not be at the forefront at your mind, but it’s an important thing to remember. Whilst you are off making memories and creating new experiences, we’ve put together some tips for you to remember to keep you safe and help you enjoy your fresher’s week!


  1. Explore the campus and surrounding areas

You’ve just moved in and have met the people you are going to live with for the next year; and no doubt you’ll all want to explore.  When doing so, make sure your getting a better grasp of your surroundings. Think of land marks that could help you find your way around such as large trees to help you find your way. This will really help when it gets darker and during your first couple days where you might find it more confusing to get around.


  1. Travel in packs

There is always safety in numbers, especially in an area you are new to. Not only will being in a group help with making new friends but you can all look out for one another whilst still having fun. Extra people who might remember the way home, a cheaper taxi fare and an increase in safety are just some of the reasons to stick to groups. We recommend travelling in groups no smaller than 3 as that way you will have 2 other people to watch your back


  1. Know how you can get home

Have a look at the transport options available in your new city; know where taxi ranks and bus stops might be for you to get home. Whenever you go out, whether it is on a night out or just down to the shops knowing how you could get home will always keep you safer and more alert.

A top tip for fresher’s parties is to program a taxi service number into your phone before you go out so that you don’t have to worry about trying to find a taxi or calling round. You can easily get it up on your phone and get home safely. If you know what time you will be leaving, you can always book one in advance too.


  1. Eat plenty and know your limits

During fresher’s week there are bound to be some events that include alcohol, we won’t preach to not drink but rather drink responsibly. Make sure to eat plenty before going to one of these events and make sure that you know your limits; try and drink a glass of water between each alcoholic drink and recognise when you should stop. You wouldn’t want to ruin your night by ending up too drunk on the side of the road – especially when you’re with people you don’t know as well.

  1. Keep an eye on your drink

Pubs, clubs and events can become very crowded with many people in a small case. Remain alert and cautious with the possibility of your drink being spiked or at the very least keep an eye out to prevent your drink being swiped!

The basic things to remember with drinks on a night out are;

  • Don’t accept a drink that you haven’t seen be made
  • Don’t accept a drink from a stranger
  • When you put down your drink, it’s best not to pick it up again
  • Place a napkin or coaster over your drink to stop ‘drive by’ spiking



  1. Make sure your phone is fully charged

In this day and age, our phones can be our lifelines. No doubt you’ll be taking yours to document your night, text new friends and take great photos. The important thing to check is that your phone is fully charged and has data before going out. Potentially you will be calling a taxi, getting an address and checking in with people at the end of the night so you want to make sure you’re prepared.



  1. Student Accommodation Security

You are sharing a flat or house with people that you potentially haven’t met so it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Best practise is to always lock your doors and windows when you leave your room and don’t leave any valuables in sight where people passing might see them. If you are in student halls, for safety reasons you should never let in strangers into the building; the polite thing to do would be to hold the door open for someone behind you but you don’t know who you’re letting in to the building and what intentions they might have.

With privately rented accommodation you should always check that all the locks are in working order and have been changed after the previous tenants have moved out. When you move in you should take a look around the property to make sure that all the doors, locks and windows are working and that there are no obvious wears and tears to the property.

Emergency Services Day

999 Day


Today is Emergency Services Day, which is part of the National Emergency Services Memorial – a registered charity. 999 Day or Emergency Services Day is something that takes place every year on the 9th hour of the 9th day, of the 9th month.


What is it about?


Emergency Services Day aims to raise awareness of all the hard work the emergency services do day in, day out. Through different events Emergency Services Day promote efficiency, educate the public on what the emergency services do and also aims to invite more volunteers as they are a vital part in keeping Britain safe.


What does Emergency Services Day do?


Volunteers are crucial to the emergency services! Emergency Services Day therefore promotes the different ways the public can get involved. The services volunteers provide include: the special constabulary, NHS community response, retained firefighting and the RNLI.

It also teaches the public essential skills on how to be safe in water, what to do if there was a fire, how to prevent crime and basic life saving skills.


How you can get involved…


The main event happens in Edinburgh on Sunday 8th September but there are smaller events happening up and down the country throughout the month of September. So search for a local event near you and support your local emergency services.


Who to Contact in an Emergency?


There are now four different emergency numbers you can contact in the UK, they are:

999 – Main Emergency Number: This number should only be used in an urgent situation, e.g. if someone was seriously ill, injured or if a crime was taking place. This number covers police, ambulance, coastguard, cliff, cave and mountain rescue.

112 – Additional Emergency Number: This number directs you to the exact same emergency call centre except this number will work on any mobile phone, anywhere in the world. 112 also works on landlines inside the UK.

101 – Non-Emergency Police Number: This is the number to use if there is no immediate danger.
For example, if your house has been robbed whilst you’re out and there is no sign of the intruder. This number can also be used if you need to ask the police a general enquiry.

111 – Non-Emergency Medical Number: This number is to be used for illnesses and injuries where there isn’t a risk to life. This number has replaced and expanded on the NHS Direct service that was in place beforehand.


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Camping Safety

How to Stay Safe when Camping


Morning campers! Heading off into the wilderness with your family or pitching up with your friends at a music festival may feel like your packing up house and home with all your belongings stuffed into the car! But how do you keep all yourself and your belongings safe when camping? Take a look at our top tips below!


1. Padlock


To lock or not to lock? A padlock may seem like a good idea to prevent thieves entering your tent but more often than not they cause more harm than good. A big, shiny padlock on your tent may look like you are trying to protect something valuable to a thief and rather than deterring someone, it may heighten their interest. It only takes one swipe of a penknife to gain access to a tent and then your little home for the week is ruined and your belongings taken. It’s better to not draw attention to your tent so ditch the padlock!

2. Lock it in the Car


Keeping your valuables locked up inside your car is definitely safer than keeping them inside your tent. Although not 100% secure from thieves, a vehicle is much harder to access. Keep your valuables out of sight from the windows and park your car up next to your tent or in a secure car park! It’s also a good idea to ensure your car keys are stored in a safe place.


3. Hide Small Stuff


No car to keep your valuables in? Hide your belongings around your tent in separate areas. For example, hide your keys in your dirty laundry, your smart phones in a pillowcase and split up your cash to hide in different locations around the tent. So if a thief does find their way into your tent and takes some of your valuables, the loss won’t be as high.

If you’re set up in a rural location, another great way to hide your valuables is to put them inside a waterproof pouch and hide it under a big rock or in a crook of a tree, a thief is not likely to look in these areas when snooping around your tent. However, this obviously isn’t full proof as someone may stumble across it, or you may forget to retrieve it before you go!


4. Get a Portable Safe


A portable safe is another way to keep your small valuables safe and dry when camping. But it’s in the name, a portable safe is portable. If you do decide to take a small safe with you, don’t forget to secure it something big and heavy so that a thief can’t just walk off with it. It is also worth securing your larger items such as bikes or a portable fridge with a heavy chain as these are often targeted by thieves in campsites.


5. Choose your Campsite Wisely


Research the campsite and the local area before you go. It will be useful to know if there is security on site and whether the site is located in a safe area. You can look up the recent crime stats in the local area by heading onto the Police website. You simply enter the campsite postcode and the site will generate how many crimes have happened within a certain time frame and will give you a general indication as to what the crimes were, e.g. bike theft.

camping, sunrise

6. Location in the Camp


As well as the location of the campsite, it is worth pitching your tent up in a secure location inside the site. Find a well lit spot that experiences heavy foot traffic, these spots are often in eyesight of the shower block or the car park. A thief is less likely to target a tent that is well lit with an audience, just ensure you keep all valuables out of sight.


7. Get Friendly with the Neighbours


Make friends with your neighbours when pitching up your tent and help them out if they need it. Making friends with nearby campers will give you another set of eyes on your tent and belongings so they will recognise whether someone should be there or not. You can also return them the favour if you see someone you don’t recognise from their party, ask a simple, friendly question. If it is a thief it will strongly deter their actions if they know someone is watching them.


8. Creative


Get creative with your tent safety; attach something noisy such as a bell or tie a few empty cans to your tent zip. This way if someone tries to enter your tent when you are sleeping the noise should wake you up and alert you to a possible intruder. Another way to prevent someone from entering your tent is by tying the two zips together from the inside; preventing the entrance from opening as the tabs cannot separate. Just ensure you can escape quickly should there be an emergency!


9. Tent Safety


We have looked at keeping your tent and belongings secure when camping, but what about your safety and the precautions that should be undertaken when pitching your tent?

BBQ’s and toasting marshmallows go hand in hand with camping but you should always be alert when near fire to avoid accidents. All tents should be distanced at least eight meters away from a fire pit; this is to prevent your tent catching fire from any rouge flames and to prevent it spreading across the camp. It is also important to keep objects and debris away from the flames if someone were to accidentally trip and fall into the fire. Furthermore, never light your BBQ or fire pit in a closed in space.

camping, quality time, safety

Fires produce carbon monoxide, a dangerous gas that is termed the ‘silent killer’, reputed this name as you cannot hear, smell or see the gas. Stay safe and only light your fires out in an open space, far away from your tent.


Tent strings and pegs are also something to watch out for, especially in the pitch black when making a dash to the toilet. Take a reliable torch and a few spare batteries with you so you’re not caught out when you need it most. You could improve the visibility of your tent in the night time further by adding fluorescent Guy Lines or by sticking reflective tape to your tent strings and pegs, which could save you and your neighbours a potential fall.

10. Wilderness Safety

Camping outside means facing insects, animals and the elements, make sure you’re prepared with a fully stocked first aid kit that includes insect repellent and plenty of plasters and bandages, no doubt you and the youngsters will exploring the highs and lows of the forest!

Research the nearest emergency centres near your campsite too, so if you or a loved one were to have an accident you already know where to go. If you’re going camping abroad make sure you know the local emergency numbers and brush up on a few basic emergency words in the native language.

Zero Waste Week

You probably already know that the earth’s climate is warming and is causing detrimental effects to our planet such as extreme weather, melting ice sheets and rising sea levels. It is widely known that we humans and our current consumerism culture is a big part to blame for global warming. Little by little we are all mostly trying to do our bit to save the planet through different eco-friendly and mindfulness schemes. You may have heard of terms such as reducing your carbon footprint and being eco-friendly but have you heard of Zero Waste Week?


What is Zero Waste Week?


Zero Waste Week was founded in 2008 by Rachelle Strauss and has taken place during the first week of September every year since. It aims to raise awareness to reduce landfill waste, save money and preserve resources through marketing and engaging workshops. Zero Waste Week has been featured on television, in newspapers and magazines and they have collaborated with councils and police forces across the country.

You can find out more here:


Why is Zero Waste Week Important?


The UK produced 222.9 million tonnes of waste in 2016. Once this waste begins to rot and decompose in the landfill it emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes a great deal to climate change. With millions of tonnes of waste being dumped into landfill every year and that waste taking up to 1000’s of years to decompose, not only are we rapidly running out of landfill space but we are rapidly increasing the amount of harmful gases that are being put out into the atmosphere. It’s understood that work needs to be done to decrease the amount of toxins that are produced every day and governing bodies across the world are all taking action to combat this issue.

The European Union have stated that “preventing dangerous climate change is a key priority for the European Union. Europe is working hard to cut its greenhouse gas emissions substantially while encouraging other nations and regions to do likewise.” The EU have set themselves targets to reach per decade to cut those greenhouse gases, for example by 2020 the EU aim to reach a 20% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions compared with 1990 and hope to raise that percentage to 40% by 2030. The European Union is thinking long term and aim to cut those emissions by a dramatic 80-95% by 2050, not only do they hope to reach this target for cleaner air but hope to also boost the economy and create new jobs whilst doing so.


How Can You Help?


The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) are already implementing changes to prevent the effects of global warming increasing even further but the big difference starts with each and every one of us. If everyone in the world recycled we would be looking at a very different story. Earth and its oceans would be cleaner, landfills would shrink by a staggering amount and plants would thrive. So what can you do to help?

Zero Waste Week means exactly that, zero waste. There are many easy and simple things that you can do to be waste free that will hugely help the planet and save you a few pennies in the long run too.

Try swapping your take-out coffee cup by having your morning coffee inside the shop or buying a re-useable coffee flask at your favourite coffee shop, which in time will save you money. You can also recycle your old belongings and turn them into something new, e.g. turn your old sheets into cleaning rags instead of throwing them out which also saves you money by not having to buy new products. Going Zero Waste is a win-win situation for you and the earth, but it can be tricky to get started. We have created a list of 10 easy things you can do to cut down your waste and decrease your carbon footprint in the infographic below to help you get started.

Zero Waste Week Infographic


Keytek® and Saving the Planet


Here at Keytek® security is paramount to us, including the security and safety of our planet. We are working on cutting our greenhouse gas emissions from using electric cars, printing less and recycling more and by using re-useable water bottles. We’d love to know if you have any tips for us and how you got on in going green or waste free in the comments below!


Bournemouth Air Festival Safety Tips

The annual Bournemouth Air Festival is an event loved by many; masses of people all over the UK travel to Bournemouth to witness and enjoy the festivities. It is estimated that 9.25 million people have attended since 2008, with the events and crowds getting bigger every year! Although it is sure to be a great event, safety is still a factor that will need to be considered. We put together some tips and advice to make sure you have the best possible time at Bournemouth Air Festival 2019!


Prepare for the weather

It’s the summertime in the UK and we would all love to think it’s going to be beautiful sunshine down on the south coast; however this may not be the case. Make sure that you take a look at the weather forecasted on the days you’re planning to attend so you can plan ahead. The essentials will be sun cream, water and a light jacket or jumper. As the British weather is so unpredictable you don’t want to be underprepared which could result in sunburn or a cold!

Look out for the cordoned off zones

There are a multitude of events that happen every day at the air festival, including some stunt performances. This means that parts of the beach will be cordoned off for these events. For your own safety and that of the performers you should never enter these areas. Best practise is to avoid any sections that are barricaded.


Wear the right shoes

The Bournemouth Air Festival takes place between the Bournemouth and Boscombe pier with events, rides and stalls scattered in-between. This stretch of beach is 1.4 miles, which is a lot of walking!  If you want to stroll between the two piers be sure to wear suitable, comfortable shoes to avoid hurting your feet!


Take care when with kids

This family friendly festival is great fun for every generation but be aware of the crowds.

With the mass of people that attend every year it can be easy to get separated. LV=Kidzone operates along the seafront, where kids can be taken if they are lost and separated. They even sell wristbands at the Tourist Information Centre to help indentify your child and give you a call if they turn up.

A great tip for older children is to write your phone number and name on their arm or on a piece of paper and leave it with the child, so that if they get lost or can’t find you, someone can give you a call to tell you where they are.


Watch for crime

Unfortunately, like with every big event, crime can be a problem due to the crowds. Make sure to take a bag with internal compartments where you can put valuables such as your phone, keys and wallet.


 Leave the drone at home

Drone are banned from the event. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are not allowed at the event as it is illegal to fly the crafts within the restricted airspace. This restricted airspace is establish to protect participating aircrafts and display teams, with the festival staff under strict instructions to cancel the display programmer if drones are flying in the airspace. Leave the drones at home to stop from spoiling the fun for everyone.


Know your beach safety

This festival is directly on the beach so along some safety tips for the festival you’ll need to remember but also some general beach safety tips.

  • Swim at a lifeguarded beach; between the two piers there are many lifeguard stations, which can help if you get stuck or are in danger
  • Swim between the red and yellow flags; There can be strong currents so best practice is to swim between the flags as they are the designated safe zone as set by the lifeguards
  • Don’t use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas; using these can leave you vulnerable to being swept out to seas and placing yourself in danger
  • If you are in trouble stay still and raise your arm above your head; lifeguards are trained to recognise people in danger so if you are in trouble someone will come out and help
  • Know the important numbers; 999 for emergency services such as Fire Brigade, Police and Ambulance, 112 for the Coast Guard.

We hope these tips help you to have a fun and safe time at the air festival!

Click here to find out more information about the Bournemouth Air Festival

Notting Hill Carnival Safety Tips

Notting Hill Carnival Safety Tips


Notting Hill Carnival is sure to be a lively, fun and welcoming event that is immersed in colour, music and food. However, like every big event it does come with dangers, so being aware and alert will help you to stay safe and smart at the carnival. We have put together some tips for you, so you can stay safe this bank holiday weekend!

This list is not by any means exhaustive, so please consider taking all personal precautions you can for your overall safety.


Wear minimal jewellery

All the flamboyant costumes and colours might inspire you to reflect that in your own wardrobe but wearing sentimental and perhaps expensive jewellery could end in disaster. At these events crime can be an issue, so to make yourself less of a target we suggest wearing as little jewellery as possible.

We suggest wearing inexpensive costume jewellery; so you can still partake in the spirit of the festival but if it is lost it won’t ruin your good time.


Travel in groups to and from the event

There is always safety in numbers and feeling safe will help you to enjoy yourself, so if you are attending with friends, it’s a good idea to stick together. With millions of people estimated to attend there are many risks from separation to pick-pocketing, being a part of a larger group will minimise your chances of becoming a target.

We suggest setting a specific spot that is memorable and stationary at the start of the event, so that if anyone gets separated you have a way of finding each other.


Be alcohol aware

There is nothing to say that you cannot drink at this sort of event as there is bound to be plenty of it, but what can be said is that if you are going to drink, just remember these three simple things:

  • Don’t accept any drink that you have not seen been opened or made
  • Don’t accept drinks from strangers
  • Know your limit

Please check out the Drinkaware website before attending the festival for some more tips on how to stay safe if you are drinking alcohol at the festival, you don’t want to have your time ruined by drinking too much and not being prepared!


Plan ahead

Always plan ahead whether it is for the weather or it is how you are going to get home, make sure you are prepared for all situations.

Designate a sober driver to take everyone home or organise a taxi to avoid being stranded in the middle of the night.

It is England in August, so the weather could be anything. Make sure to look at weather forecasts leading up to and on the day of the event so that you are not caught in the rain without a coat or in the sun without sun cream!


If you are unsure go to the police

At these big events there will always be a larger amount of police patrolling the area, if you get separated from your friends or see something suspicious the police will always be around to help.


Think about your feet!

There’s going to be loud music, beautiful costumes and surely a fair share of dancing,

so we suggest leaving the heels at home and go for a comfortable pair of supportive shoes. Likewise, wearing open-toed shoes such as flip flops or sandals is not going to be the best idea. In the city streets there might be glass that could cut your foot, or millions of people who could potentially step on your toes and break them. You don’t want a good day and night ruined by poor footwear choices! Not to mention the painful blisters!


Don’t splash the cash

Like said before, unfortunately there are sometimes people who are looking to steal at these events and displaying large amounts of money  at these events can make you a prime target. Try taking a suitable and secure bag where you can store valuables such as cards and cash in internal compartments. Enjoy your time and have fun but try to be discreet about the amount of cash you are carrying to reduce the risk of becoming a target.

We suggest separating your some of your money, so that in the unfortunate scenario you are pick pocketed you have a back up for the emergency.

We hope that these tips help you to have a fun, safe time at Notting Hill Carnival. Find more carnival safety tips at Crime Stoppers UK and Visit London!


The Guide to Bike Safety

On a beautiful day what could be more perfect than a bike ride! Whether through the forest, along the seafront or in your local park it is sure to be full of excitement, beautiful scenery and fun but one thing you do need to remember is how to stay safe whilst on your bike!


Check your Equipment

  • Ensure that your seat is adjusted to the proper height and locked in place.

The very tops of your toes should be able to reach the ground whilst on the bike, but you should not be able to place both feet on the ground at the same time. If you can do this then your bike seat is too low.


  • Check the tyres are inflated

Your tyres should be fully rounded with no punctures or holes. You will able to tell if your tyre has been punched from a wheezing sound that is made when the tyres are inflated or if your tyres seem to deflate very quickly.


  • Ensure you have installed reflectors at the front and rear of your bike

This will increase your visibility which is especially important at night and dusk where there is very little light. For extra safety, you can install reflectors on the pedals and spokes. However, most new bikes come with reflectors on all 4 points.


  • Add a horn or a bell

If you ever are riding in car populated areas, install a horn or a bell to be able to make people aware of you. Much like a car horn, you can alert people to your presence if you have not been seen.


  • Make sure your breaks are working

Perform a brake test before every journey to ensure that your breaks are working. Spin your front wheel to a reasonable speed and then grasp the breaks and measure how fast the wheel stops spinning. It should stop almost instantly, if not you might need to get your breaks check by a professional.


Wear a helmet

This seems like a fairly straightforward point but surprisingly there are many things you must remember when either buying or wearing a helmet.

  • Make sure it fits snugly on your head by adjusting the sizing pads or fit ring. It should not wobble when you move your head
  • Position the helmet level on your head, it should be around about one to two fingers width above the eyebrow so it sits covering the forehead and not tipped back
  • Adjust the side straps so they can form a V shape in either side of your ears with the buckle centred under your chin. The strap should be tight enough that only one or two fingers can fit between the chin and the strap
  • Ensure that it is well vented to stop you from overheating


What should I wear when riding a bike?

Ultimately, your clothing should be both comfortable and practical which will keep you safe and also increase your visibility to other road users.

  • Wear bright and fluorescent clothing to increase your visibility; this will keep you safe as drivers will be able to see you better which will decrease the chances of an accident. Try to avoid dark clothing, especially at night, but if you have to we recommend having a florescent jacket on hand to make sure you stay safe.


  • Don’t wear loose fitting trousers or long skirts. Wearing clothing that is loose fitting can increase the chances that it will get caught in the gears and chain of the bike causing an accident. We suggest wearing tighter fitting trousers such as jeans or leggings that would allow the best movement and minimise chances of getting caught.


  • Choose shoes that will grip the pedals. Shoes such as heels, sandals, flip flops and cleated shoes will not give you sufficient grip on your bike pedals which could cause harm to you and other road users if you lose grip. Trainers are great for bike riding.


Know the rules of the road

Did you know that the rules for motorists are the same for all cyclists? In the Highway Code, a cyclist must abide but the same basic rules of the road which are:

  • You must stop at all signs and obey traffic lights; you cannot go through a red light!
  • Yield to pedestrians, when at a zebra or pelican crossing pedestrians have righter way and you must stop to let them cross.
  • When cycling past parked cars give them space, a car door length is suggested, as a car door might open suddenly causing injury
  • You must cycle single file! We know you’d like to chat to your friends or family but you need to cycle in one single line, often cars will overtake and when riding next to each other it creates a bigger risk and can be very dangerous, especially on country roads!
  • Bike in the direction of traffic


Know your turn signals

To turn left:

Extend your left arm out to the side well before you intend to turn. Slowly begin to break and then make your turn.

To turn right:

Extend your right arm out to the side well before you intent to turn. Slowly begin to break and stop if it is not safe to turn. Ensure that there is no oncoming traffic and safely take your turn.

To stop:

Extend either arm downward in an upside down ‘L’ position and come to a stop. Ensure that there is sufficient time between when you make the signal and when you come to a stop.