Police advice for personal safety
UT campus towns are generally very safe. Nevertheless, it is always wise to take precautions, particularly when moving to an unfamiliar place.
- Wearing a pedestrian reflector during the darker months is compulsory in Estonia!
- Do not walk late in parks and other secluded places. Choose more crowded and well-lit routes.
- If you do not feel secure, you might consider acquiring defence devices. People over the age of 16 are permitted by law to purchase defence devices for civilian use without restrictions, such as portable alarm signals and tear or pepper-gas spray, whose registration is not compulsory. Nerve gases and electric shock devices are prohibited in Estonia.
- Keep your handbags or backpacks with you. It is not advisable to carry your wallet in the outside pocket of your coat or trousers or lying on top in your handbag or backpack. Personal documents should be kept separately from your money. Do not attach your PIN-code to your bank card.
- Provide your bicycle with a good U-lock.
- Park your car in a guarded parking lot and install an alarm signal in the car. If you leave valuable things – sport bags, laptops or other electronic devices – in the car, this can be a reason for breaking into your car.
If you get into serious trouble, immediately call the emergency number 112.