For National Safety Day Suzy Lamplugh Trust published some great ‘Streets Ahead’ Safety Tips. Personal safety tips not just for lone workers but for all of us who are out and about on our own on a daily basis. Whether it’s walking to your car alone or going to an appointment in an unfamiliar area of town personal safety is always something we can be more aware of.
The Streets Ahead 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. 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 to 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