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5 Tips for Staying Safe While Taking Public Transportation

  • Staying safe and avoiding the attacks of thieves while using public transportation can be difficult, so we’ve listed 5 tips to help you navigate your daily travels.
  • Wait for public transportation in well-lit areas and stay alert at all times.
  • Keep your information private while talking to others and giving your address to the taxi or Uber driver.
  • Only use public transportation in which the drivers display their identification and badge. Look for reputable logos and colors to verify legitimate services.
  • Always trust your gut. If you don’t feel safe, choose a different form of transportation.

Although some people don’t mind using public transportation, most avoid it like the plague. Some would rather take the longer route before they hop on a bus or use the subway. However, many don’t have a choice—especially those who live in high-populated and expensive cities.

It’s important to stay safe while using public transportation. Being stuck in close proximity to strangers can often cause feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. Use the following 5 tips to ensure your safety the next time you use public transportation.

Tip #1: Wait in Well-Lit Areas

If you arrive at your stop before the next scheduled bus or train, make sure the area is well-lit, especially if it’s dark outside. Thieves are less likely to attack if you are waiting in an illuminated spot.

If you feel that your area isn’t safe, it’s worth walking a little further to find a spot that’s more secure. Some crooks may get brave and still strike so try to stand next to others that are also waiting.

Tip #2: Stay Alert!

Although your commute may be long or you’ve had a stressful day, stay alert while using public transportation. You may be tempted to take a nap, read a book, or play a game on your phone, but try to fight that temptation.

Thieves target those that are distracted or not paying attention. Make sure you are aware of your belongings and those around you.

Tip #3: Keep Your Information Private

If you have to answer your phone on the bus or train, make sure you don’t reveal anything private about yourself or anyone that’s important to you. Although it may be noisy on the bus or train, your voice can still be heard by those who are intentionally listening.

It’s also a good idea not to share your address with a taxi or Uber driver until after you’ve entered the vehicle. This prevents people nearby from hearing where you live.

Tip #4: Authenticate Public Transportation

Legitimate public transportation drivers and services are required to carry identification and display official badges while on duty. If you don’t see either, ask the driver to show them to you before you take a ride.

Look for well-known logos and colors that signify reputable companies to ensure you’re using certified transportation.

Tip #5: Trust Your Gut

If you step into a vehicle or board the bus and have an uneasy feeling about either the driver or passengers, step off immediately. Most of the time, a “gut-feeling” can’t be explained but it’s present for a reason and it shouldn’t be ignored.

Your safety is worth waiting for the next ride even if it costs you a little extra time. Staying safe is always more important than arriving on time.