Take part in National Personal Safety Day
"On National Personal Safety Day 2013 on 14th October, organisers Suzy Lamplugh Trust will be joined by over almost 300 partner organisations around the country – including police teams; councils; schools; colleges; workplaces; charities, journalists and Neighbourhood Watch teams - to promote the StreetsAhead campaign safety messages to their local communities.
The campaign highlights some simple, practical steps you can take to reduce the risks and give yourself more confidence when out and about on the street.
Partner organisations will be supporting the StreetsAhead campaign by running events and activities throughout the UK. These include giving out campaign safety tips on the street/through doors/at events; displaying the posters around town; holding safety surgeries in shopping centres; libraries; transport hubs; community centres; supermarkets; giving safety talks in schools; to pensioners; on websites and through intranets."
Streets Ahead then gives you these pointers to help keep you safer:-
- Consider where you’re going and how you’re going to get there.
- Is the route you’re planning busy and well-lit?
- Can you avoid any high risk spots, such as quiet or badly-lit alleyways, subways or isolated car parks?
- Consider carrying a personal safety alarm, which could be used to shock and disorientate an attacker if necessary, giving you vital seconds to get away.
- Stay alert, as the sooner you see or hear potential danger approaching, the easier it is to avoid it.
- Avoid wearing earphones or chatting/texting on your mobile phone when walking down the street alone, as this will distract you from your surroundings and could prevent you from hearing danger approaching
- If you do see potential danger ahead, it’s advisable take action immediately. Change your route and head for a safe place, such as a pub, garage, friend’s house or anywhere there are other people.
- Try to walk facing oncoming traffic to avoid kerb crawlers. If this isn’t possible and a vehicle pulls up suddenly alongside you, turn and move as quickly as possible in the other direction.
- Trust your instincts. If you think you’re being followed, take action. Cross the road, turning to see who is behind you. If you’re still being followed, keep moving and make for a safe place.
- Don’t let fear of crime stop you from getting out and about. Taking precautions to minimise any risks will not only make you safer, it should also make you feel safer and give you more confidence when out on the streets."
Here are some of my own personal Safety tips:-
1) Where possible, take someone along with you, a 'chaperone'. It is always handy to have a witness. A lot of muggers and rapists tend to pick on lone people.
2) At night, walk in trainers. It will help you get away better than high heels.
3) Be near the bus driver, rather on the top part of the bus.
4) Walk in the middle of the pavement
5) Have a dummy wallet/purse and keep your 'real one safe', include old train tickets etc.
6) Avoid being in the wrong company at night, for example, people who binge drink, they could encourage you and you may end up on in hospital, with several other unconscious people. Being drunk makes you more vulnerable to an attack and you may even get an unwanted pregnancy if raped. Some men who have been drunk after celebrating football wins at 4am, have been runover, as they stagger across the road, and some men who have been tied up at night, risk hyperthemia. It is ok to say No. Take personal responsibility, and friends should look after their friends.
If your workplace is doing something for the Campaign, mention it on Twitter with the hashtags #NPSD and #StreetsAhead.
For more information about National Personal Safety Day and the StreetsAhead campaign visit www.nationalpersonalsafetyday.co.uk