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Top Ten Personal Safety Tips

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There are a number of different situations when you could be vulnerable from a personal safety perspective. This document focuses on safety on the street and while travelling within this country.

In addition to the well know rules of don't accept a lift from strangers, be aware when using cash points and not drinking too much the following tips may help.

  1. Plan ahead. If you are going out think about how you can get back, when the last bus / train is and who you will travel back with.
  2. Try and avoid routes that include potentially dangerous areas. Places such as badly lit streets or alleyways, subways or isolate car parks. Try and use well lit busy streets and a route you know well.
  3. Be aware when walking, keep your hands free and aware of your surroundings. If you are talking on a phone or listening to an MP3 player you may not be aware of what / who is approaching.
  4. Phones and MP3 players are often stolen during robberies, this is another reason not to overtly display them. In some areas thieves approach on motorcycles and snatch these items.
  5. Personal safety alarms are small to carry and can be used to shock and disorientate attackers. This could provide you with time to escape or for the attention of others to be drawn to your situation.
  6. If you think you are being followed cross the road to see who is behind you, keep moving, tell people or call the police if you are still worried.
  7. Be wary of people who approach you offering to walk you home, or ask for a cigarette, change or if you know the time.
  8. If you use a taxi, make sure it is licensed, you could also send the registration number to a friend.
  9. A cat bell fastened to the zip of your bag could alert you to it being opened by a thief. These only cost a few pounds. 
  10. Have your keys at hand when approaching your door, ensure they are accessible.
  • Bonus Tips. Keep a note of your IMEI number, international mobile equipment identity number, having this number can make it possible to block your phone if it is stolen. To get your number phone your service provider or type *#06# into your phone.
  • Mark your property with forensic security marking products. These are simple and effective.

How Many Crimes Took Place in 2014?

We've included a brief overview of Crimes in England and Wales in the Year to June 2014.

  • Violence. Over 1.2 million incidents of violence, that's over 3,500 a day in England and Wales.
  • Robberies. There were 153,000 robbery incidents in the year to June 2014, over three thousand a week. The main areas affected by robberies are London, Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and West Yorkshire.
  • Thefts with children as victims. 296,000 incidents in the year.

If you want to find out exactly how many people have been a victim of crime near you in the last month then keep an eye on your local media.

Are There any Products That Could Help?

  • Personal safety alarms are small to carry and can be used to shock and disorientate attackers. This could provide you with time to escape or for the attention of others to be drawn to your situation. Read reviews of them here.
  • A cat bell fastened to the zip of your bag could alert you to your bag being opened by a thief. These simple little devices only cost a few pounds. There are a number available.  

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Sources

Crime Survey for England and Wales, Year to June 2014
http://content.met.police.uk/Site/crimepreventionpersonalsafety
http://www.suzylamplugh.org/personal-safety-tips/free-personal-safety-tips/safety-on-the-street/
http://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/Advice%20Centre/Personal%20Safety/item4088.html

 

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