National Personal Safety Day 2013
National Personal Safety Day is an annual event aimed at highlighting some of the simple, practical solutions that everyone can use to help avoid violence and aggression in today’s society.
This year’s awareness campaign is called “StreetsAhead” – which is about informing individuals on what steps they can take to improve their safety when out and about on the streets.
The StreetsAhead campaign offers the following advice:
- 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.
For more safety tips go to the main Suzy Lamplugh Trust website.