Safety and Security
How to reduce risk of theft: You can reduce the risk of theft if you follow these simple rules:
- avoid signs of wealth: do not wear jewellery, hang cameras around your neck, or leave laptops, tablets, and phones in plain sight.
•- take care with bike baskets: you raise the risk of theft if you carry bags on the back or front baskets of cycles or motorbikes; zip up all pockets on your bag. Close all fasteners.
Take extra care on Sunday: Sunday, the day-off for city-folks, is often the day when 2 or three young men may pile on a motorbike, for tourist-spotting in Auroville, so prefer a quiet day at home on Sunday; also avoid travelling alone on Saturday night.
•- Do not pick up hitchhikers: do not offer rides to men you don't know; for example, some attacks follow a fake wave-down 'request for help; or a faked road-side injury, so a woman alone - of any age - should not stop if a person waves her down for help on the road; as other people may hide at the road-side; some attacks have followed that call for help pattern.
• - don't invite unknown persons into the place where you live: for example, taxi drivers, delivery-people or strangers with unusual charm.
• - always carry a torch: A head-torch may prove useful or add a LED torch to your key-ring. Night falls quickly in Auroville around 6:30 to 7:00 pm, depending on the season.
• - do not travel alone at night: go in groups or ask someone to escort you, in particular, on back roads through the greenbelt between Fertile and Utility, and the tar road from Kuilapalayam to Edayanchavadi.
• - to drive a vehicle, you need a valid Driving Permit: this applies to two-wheelers and all other vehicles.
- • keep valuables in the guest house safe at all times: Your important documents, devices, and cash need safe storage. Make sure about locking your suitcase and bringing a number-lock to lock cupboards.
- if you buy alcohol in Pondy and bring it back to Auroville, local police inside and outside Auroville may stop you, as on that journey, you cross the border from an alcohol-permitted State, over into Tamil Nadu, a dry State.
Cultural clues: polite behaviour, modest clothes reduce risk
• On the beach: Men and women must show no physical affection in public places; especially on the beach.
• Out for a swim: Women and girls need one piece bathing suits, and a cloth to cover the body. On some beaches and pools, it may be best to go into the water with the cloth on; use your judgement. A sunbath may attract the attention of local men who consider your action an invitation; to avoid risk, cover your body, and don't lie on the beach alone, to sunbathe.
• Dress by local standards, both men and women: Near villages, wear modest clothes; long pants or long shorts and tops with sleeves; no short- shorts, bathing costumes, or halter-tops. Men should wear a shirt in public places.
• Report theft or harassment problems to your guesthouse manager: when you report events, you help Auroville record patterns of misbehaviour, and help map areas of risks.
Security and ambulance emergency contact numbers
Auroville – 9442224680
PIMS – 0413 2656271
Auroville Safety & Security Team – 9443090107 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Auroville Police Station – 0413 2677318/ Kottakuppam Police Station – 0413 2236148
Vanur Fire Station – 0413 2677368
Health Centre – 0413 2622123
Santé – 0413 2622803 / 0413 2623937
Farewell Centre – 8903836246
India Emergency Response Service (24/7): 108