You are particularly vulnerable when leaving or entering your home. Consider having security lighting to cover entrances, and cut back any shrubs where assailants might hide. A monitored CCTV system can provide extra security.
The police have issued the following advice to avoid being attacked in public areas:
- Stay in busy, well-lit areas.
- Travel in a group, if possible.
- Respect other people’s personal space.
- Don’t take short cuts through dark alleys, parks etc. Walk facing the traffic, so a car cannot pull up behind you unnoticed.
- Don’t hitch-hike or take lifts from strangers.
- Walk away from confrontational situations as soon as possible.
- Go to the police or a doctor if you have been attacked.
- If you decide to defend yourself, be aware that your attacker may be stronger than you. It is often better to shout and run away.
- Call the police immediately on 999 if you feel you are in any danger.
Advice when socialising in pubs or bars:
- Cover up expensive-looking jewellery, watches etc.
- Carry your bag close to you with the clasp facing inwards.
- Carry your house keys in your pocket. If someone grabs your bag, let it go, do not get hurt. Your safety is more important than your property.
- When walking alone carry a personal attack alarm. Carry it in your hand so you can use it immediately to scare off an attacker.
- Arrange transport home in advance. Do not go out alone. Don’t get isolated from your friends.
- Never leave your drink unattended or accept a drink from someone who you don’t know or trust.
- If you feel drunk, dizzy or disorientated seek help from a trusted friend or a member of bar staff.
- Consider carefully whether to leave with someone you have just met.
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