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25 Top Personal Security Tips

Some common sense tips to improve your personal safety and security...
  1. 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 by surprise
  2. Use a money clip and keep your cards separate.
  3. 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.
  4. If a stranger asks to use your phone, have him wait outside while you make the call.
  5. 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.

  6. If you get attacked most people would shout "HELP" but you will get more attention if you shout "FIRE".
  7. Don’t get distracted in a crowded situation. Pickpockets may be about.
  8. If a friend or taxi driver takes you home, ask them to wait until you're safely inside.
  9. If you at home by yourself, make sure all windows and door are locked.
  10. If a stranger telephones or comes to your door don’t give the impression you are on your own.
  11. Be alert when using public transport.
  12. Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in any situation, then leave.
  13. Be careful where you cross the road. Don’t walk between park cars else drivers may not see you
  14. 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.
  15. Always park your car in a well lit area.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. Keep your car doors locked and never pick up hitchhikers.
  19. 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.
  20. If you take money out of an ATM, make sure you choose a machine in a well-lit location.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. If someone snatches your bag, don’t fight back, its not worth getting hurt.
  24. Walk to your car with keys in your hand.
  25. Dress casually when traveling, and dress down where appropriate. Wear clothes and shoes that allow ease of movement.