Personal Safety

 
• You are safest in bright, well lit and busy areas
 
• Get your cash out of the cashpoint during daylight hours if you are going out in the evening
 
• Spread your valuables around your body, e.g. keep your phone in your bag, your house keys in your trouser pocket and your money in your jacket
 
• If someone tries to take something from you, it may just be better to let them take it rather than to get into a confrontation and risk injury
 
• You can use reasonable force in self-defence. You are allowed to protect yourself with something you are carrying anyway, e.g. keys or a can of deodorant, but you can't carry a weapon
 
• If you decide to defend yourself, be aware that your attacker might be stronger than you, or may take an object you are using in self-defence and use it against you. It is often better to shout loudly and run away!
 
• Make lots of noise, by screaming and shouting to get people’s attention
 
• If you use a wheelchair, keep your things beside you rather than at the back of the chair
 
• Be aware about the valuables you are carrying and don't show them off. Talking on your mobile phone, carrying a laptop, or showing your friend your new gold ring all show thieves that you are worth robbing
 
• Do not listen to a mp3 player/iPod etc. when out walking or jogging – you need to stay alert to your surroundings
 
• In case of emergency, keep a £5 note behind the back cover of your mobile phone
 
• Put ICE (In Case of Emergency) phone numbers in your mobile phone. This way, if you are hurt or in trouble and someone arrives to help you, they will be able to find an emergency contact number in your phone
 
• Stay with friends whenever possible and don't walk home alone
 
• Look after friends if they've had too much to drink and make sure they get home safely
 
• Don't walk and text. You're likely to be distracted and you are giving a potential thief a chance to see what type of phone you have
 
 

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