Some common sense tips to improve your personal safety and security...
- Be aware of your surroundings and people walking near to you. If you suspect someone
is following you then turn around to see if anyone is there rather than taken being
- Use a money clip and keep your cards separate.
- If you come home an suspect you’ve had a break-in, don’t enter your home. Wait with
a neighbour until the police arrive.
- If a stranger asks to use your phone, have him wait outside while you make the call.
- If your car breaks down then raise the hood and stay inside your car. If a stranger
wants to help ask them to call for help.
- If you get attacked most people would shout "HELP" but you will get more attention
if you shout "FIRE".
- Don’t get distracted in a crowded situation. Pickpockets may be about.
- If a friend or taxi driver takes you home, ask them to wait until you're safely
- If you at home by yourself, make sure all windows and door are locked.
- If a stranger telephones or comes to your door don’t give the impression you are
on your own.
- Be alert when using public transport.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in any situation, then leave.
- Be careful where you cross the road. Don’t walk between park cars else drivers may
not see you
- Don't walk in isolated places at night. You may also want to carry a personal alarm
siren or pepper spray. If you have to, wear light-colored clothing and carry a flashlight.
- Always park your car in a well lit area.
- Think about your safety everywhere you go – be alert and don’t assume you are always
safe. Avoid situations that could put you in danger
- Walk confidently and look alert. Walk at a steady pace. Walk on the side of the
street facing the traffic. Avoid using alleyways, doorways and bushes.
- Keep your car doors locked and never pick up hitchhikers.
- For your rail or bus journeys, be aware of the schedules so you don’t have to wait
any longer than necessary at the bus stop or station.
- If you take money out of an ATM, make sure you choose a machine in a well-lit location.
- Don’t wear any more jewlry than you need to and reduce the contents of your purse/wallet
to a minimum. Don’t carry anything unnecessary with your address on it.
- Dont carry any more cash than you really need to and keep your purse or wallet close
to your body at all times. Don’t carry them in jeans back pockets.
- If someone snatches your bag, don’t fight back, its not worth getting hurt.
- Walk to your car with keys in your hand.
- Dress casually when traveling, and dress down where appropriate. Wear clothes and
shoes that allow ease of movement.