Do not become a victim. Avoid:
- Anything that limits your ability to see or hear trouble, such as wearing hoods, listening to music through earphones or talking on a mobile.
- Walking in quiet, deserted areas such as underpasses, alleyways, parks, commons and empty wasteland.
- Walking in a hesitant way and looking unsure of where you are going.
- Appearing drunk or in any way out of control.
- Having cash or valuables on show.
Personal safety tips
- Carry a personal alarm.
- Make use of 'preferred routes'- the safest path to your destination.
- Always try to walk in well lit areas in the middle of the pavement, especially when going around corners.
- Walk against the flow of the traffic to avoid kerb crawlers.
- Look confident. Walk with your head up and with energy.
- Keep your hand free.
- Have your mobile ready for use.
- Have your keys ready when approaching home so you don't spend time on the doorstep fumbling in your bag.
- Make it difficult for anyone to conceal themselves near the entrance to your home by cutting hedges well back, or installing outside lighting.
- Wear appropriate clothing.
- If you decide to take a cab home, pre-book a car through a licensed taxi office and ensure the car you ordered is the one you get into.
- Know the car details and check the driver knows what name it was booked under. Sit in the back and carry an alarm.
- If someone attempts to snatch your bag or phone, let them have it. You are risking personal injury if you resist.
Be concerned about people who are:
- Drunk or under the influence of drugs or solvents Exhibiting behaviour which is unpredictable, out of 'norm' or whose behaviour may be viewed as escalatory
- Involved in change of any kind (positive or negative)
- In charged emotional states, whether created by chemicals or circumstance
- Known to have a violent history
- Making threats (written or verbal)
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