Personal safety is a topic that concerns many of us, especially young people.
People often think personal safety means keeping yourself safe when returning from a night out, but there are lots of other types of personal safety situations that you need to be aware of.
That’s why we’ve come up with these simple tips to help you stay safe when out and about. Share them with your friends to help spread the word #KeepItSafeHD:
- Plan ahead. Before you go out, think about how you are going to get home,
- Try to use well-lit, busy streets. Avoid quiet or badly-lit alleyways, subways and isolated parks.
- Keep your mind on your surroundings – remember if you are chatting on your mobile phone or wearing a personal stereo, you will not hear trouble approaching.
- Take a pic of your taxi number plate. Send it to your friends before jumping in.
- Consider heading for a public place; somewhere you know there will be other people
- Be aware of stationary cars with their engines running and people sitting in them.
- Try to keep both hands free and don’t walk with your hands in your pockets.
- If you do have to walk in the same direction as the traffic and a vehicle pulls up suddenly alongside you, turn and walk or run in the other direction.
- That WhatsApp can wait. Keep your phone in your pocket or your bag until you’re in a safe place. Don’t let someone snatch your phone!
- Be extra careful when using cashpoint machines. Make sure nobody is hovering nearby and don’t count your money in the middle of the street.
- If you think you are being followed, trust your instincts and take action. Make for a busy area and tell people what is happening. If necessary, call the police.
- Beware of someone who warns you of the danger of walking alone and then offers to accompany you. This is a ploy some attackers have been known to use.
- Never accept a lift from a stranger
- Spread your valuables about your person. It’s a good idea to keep valuables such as wallets in an inside pocket.
- Consider carrying a personal safety alarm, which can be used to shock and disorientate an attacker giving you vital seconds to get away.