We all want to be as safe as possible when out and about. Here are some simple precautions you can take:

  • Where possible, do not walk around at night on your own.
  • Try to stay in well-lit, crowded areas.
  • Do not accept drinks from people you do not know.
  • Do not leave your drink unattended.
  • If you are going to drink, do so responsibly
  • Have friends/family you trust there to watch over you.
  • Never let your drink out of your sight and if it happens, get a new one.
  • Do not sample drinks; even from friends and acquaintances…most victims of sexual assault know their attackers.
  • Make sure you plan and know your route
  • Avoid wooded areas, especially at night
  • Run facing oncoming traffic and wear reflective clothes
  • Stereos and iPods make it hard to be fully aware of your surroundings, so try not to use them, especially at night
  • Always walk in well-lit areas
  • If you suspect you are being followed, cross the street, go to the nearest home, service station or business and call the police
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Keep your handbag closed at all times – crowded shopping areas make you an easier target
  • Stay alert when using your mobile
  • Be aware of your surroundings in the parking lot
  • Don't leave your house keys or portable garage openers in your car in sight
  • Never display large sums of money in public
  • Familiarize yourself with the layout of the venue
  • Take note of where event staff or security/police officers and first aid are located
  • If you see something, say something as it is better to prevent something before it is too late
  • Use a valid taxi service or online cab checker to confirm it is licensed
  • Listen to your instincts: if you feel uneasy about the driver, do not get in the car.


  • Make sure your car has enough fuel to complete your journey.
  • Check it for broken lights, windshield cracks.
  • Never give a ride to a stranger.
  • • Keep all the doors locked, even when you are in the vehicle


  • Stand in a well-lit place near other people.
  • If someone is bothering you, tell the driver of the bus or a Transit Security Officer - you can stay with them if you continue to feel uncomfortable.