What to do in an emergency? call 999 or 112 otherwise dial 101. London Met Police guideline. Security and Safety in London
Security and Safety– London Met Police always try to keep London Safe. But travellers always need to be careful about safe & secured movement in London. Read the security issues circulated from London Met Police. Please visit London Police visitor safety page.
London Met Police ensures Travellers safety. They earned worldwide reputation for their high professionalism and efficiency. In an emergency, call 999 or 112 otherwise dial 101
How do I stay safe in travel using Public Transport. Transport for London- TFL guideline
Whether it’s planning your journey in advance or booking licensed cabs, TFL’s tips will help you stay safe while you travel on Buses and trains, Cycling, Taxis and minicabs, Tube etc. Please visit TFL’s visitor information to know more about it
How I can stay safe during London Visit? More Tips for staying safe and secured in London
01. In an emergency (police, ambulance, fire department etc), telephone 999 or 112. To contact the Police for non-emergencies, dial 101.
02. Take extra care when crossing roads if you are not used to cars driving on the left. Must follow the Traffic and Pedestrian signals. Only use designated crossings, only cross when the green man is showing and take note of the signs indicating “look right” or “look left” to spot any oncoming traffic
03. Staying Safe in Bars and Restaurants. Maintain a distance from over drunken people.
04. Plan your route before you leave. See the Transport for London website and a plan for journey.
05. Only use taxis or registered minicabs
06. Try to avoid walking alone at night. Keep to well-lit main roads.
07. Beware of wearing headphones – they reduce awareness of your surroundings
08. Make sure you keep your property out of sight and safely under the table. Many venues have clips under the tables, use them to secure your handbag or briefcase
09. Don’t accept drinks from strangers
10. Keep Your Belongings Safe. Don’t leave your bag unattended anywhere in London – this can lead to a security alert
11. Keep your purse or wallet close to your body and don’t carry too much cash
11. When using a cashpoint, check that no one is looking over your shoulder and that the ATM hasn’t been tampered with. Cover the keypad so no one else can see your PIN number
12. Keep your mobile phone, MP3 player, camera and other gadgets out of sight in your pocket or handbag when not in use.Record details of your electronic serial numbers (ESNs)
13. Inform your service provider and police if your phone or other valuables are stolen or lost. Dial 101 for your nearest Police service Useful Contacts
14. It is becoming more and more difficult to park in London as there are many restrictions. Be careful where you park as many places are reserved for residents. Make sure that you purchase a ticket from Ticket Machine/making phone call.
15. Beware- If you are walking or cycling between North Greenwich station and the Cutty Sark. ALso be careful on Thames Path along
16. Escalator Etiquette – Stick to the right side of the Escalator unless overtaking.
17. Don’t urinate in the Street- there are much less public toilets than there used to be, which posed a problem in the cold weather. So..
18. Big Brother is watching you (CCTV)- CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) is a visual surveillance technology designed for monitoring a variety of environments and activities. Monitoring your activities when are outside.
19. If you have a complaint or query over your consumer rights visit Citizens Advice for information and advice.
Where to go If I am sick. Contact NHS (National Health Services) for sickness
NHS (National Health Services) Information for visitors to England. Choose which service is right for you. For information about conditions and treatments, read the Health A-Z guides.
Call NHS 111 if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation. You can also call NHS 111 if you’re not sure which NHS service you need. Call 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.
Visit a walk-in centre, minor injuries unit or urgent care centre if you have a minor illness or injury (cuts, sprains or rashes) and it can’t wait until your GP surgery is open. Ask your local pharmacist for advice – your pharmacist can give you advice about many common minor illnesses – such as diarrhoea, minor infections, headaches, sore throats – or travel health.
Mobile Phone usage in London. Phone Box to call someone.
There are many phone networks available in UK. They provide more and less same service like providing monthly line rental, Pay as you go Sim etc. Travellers in fact need Pay as you go Sim which are available at the Airports, Shopping Places, Phone shop, News Agents and Off licence shop. Sims are provided by the Networks Companies free but the shops may charge you £1-£5 for Sim. After SIM, you need to choose the plan like data plan for internet and Phone Call. Pay for the plan and use it. Major networks are EE, Vodafone, Three, O2. Many travellers prefer to take Lyca which is available almost everywhere
A North American cell phones won’t work in Britain unless they are a tri-band (GSM) phone. If you bring your mobile phone, check beforehand with your service provider that it can be used in the UK. Under roaming, remember you will pay to receive calls as well as to call someone. So it is worth checking the home tariffs.
London is splattered with Phone boxes. Some take coins and some take little plastic cards. You can purchase phone cards from many shops in the high street.
The UK’s international dialling code is 44. To call abroad from the UK, dial 00 followed by the country code (eg 1 for the USA), then the phone number without the first zero. There are no free local calls. Cheaper rates apply between 6.00 pm and 6.00 am.
Emergency Phone Calls
The emergency police/ambulance number in the UK is 999. For emergency calls only, dial 999 (or 112) for the police, fire service, ambulance, coastguard, or mountain rescue – these calls are free. For non-emergency calls, find the number in the local telephone directory.
Is there any Beggars in London
You may find someone asking for help for his transport cost, food or other what they supposed not to do. This is rare. However at this circumstances, you use your own judgement considering the situation. You may also see people selling a magazine called The Big Issue. These people have ID to prove they should be selling the magazine. You can buy and thus help them.
You please take a extra care while you are going to help them in the night or he is the only person around you.
Buskers- Street Performers
London has street performers. They need permission to perform in certain places. You only give money to them if you wish to. Any pressure to pay is contrary to Law.
Please visit food page (at the end) for getting an idea about Tipping