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

When you are on a night out

  • Where possible, don’t walk around at night on your own.
  • Try to stay in well-lit, crowded areas.
  • Don't accept drinks from people you don't know.
  • Don't leave your drink unattended.
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Safety at a club or party

  • You can put your safety at risk if you are intoxicated as your judgement and ability to make good decisions may be affected. If you are going to drink, do so responsibly and have friends you trust there to watch over you.
  • Never let your drink out of your sight and if it happens, get a new one. Don’t sample drinks; even from friends and acquaintances…most victims of sexual assault know their attackers.

 

When you are travelling

Taxis 

  • Getting a taxi? Use a valid taxi service or online cab checker to confirm it is licensed. You can send the registration number to a friend so that they know which car you've got in.
  • Feeling uneasy about a driver? Listen to your instincts: if in doubt, don't get in the car.

 

Cars 

  • 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
  • Always park in well-lit areas away from the shrubbery or other items that may offer concealment for an attacker
  • Always have your keys out and ready before you get to the door holding them between your thumb and forefinger in a ready position...If you are attacked, they can be used to defend yourself and can easily push the keys panic alerting passerby’s.
  • If someone tries to get inside your vehicle while you are driving, simply drive away...if your unable to do so, hold down on your horn to alert other people of your tenuous situation.

 

Trains and buses

  • Waiting for the 18:03 or the number 42? Stand in a well-lit place near other people.
  • Trains and buses: Someone bothering you? Tell the driver of the bus or a Transit Security Officer - you can stay with them if you continue to feel uncomfortable.

 

Safety while walking, running, jogging, or biking

  • Make sure you plan and know your route
  • Avoid wooded areas, especially at night…try to always stay in well-lit areas.
  • 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.

 

Walking Late at night

  • Always walk in well-lit areas.
  • Walk in the centre of the sidewalk, away from alleys and doorways.
  • 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 and avoid areas that increase your chances of being assaulted.
  • Report problem areas to police. The police welcome the information and can also advise you of prevention methods.
  • Never display large sums of money in public.

 

While out Shopping

  • Keep your handbag closed at all times – crowded shopping areas make you an easier target
  • Stay alert when using your mobile. It's very easy for someone to snatch it out of your hand, or steal your personal belongings
  • 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.
  • Go shopping in pairs or in a group.

 

At a Concert

  • 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

 

Looking after your belongings

  • Do not be over-protective of your belongings. If you are a victim of theft (and the chances are very low), you can get a new phone and you can order new bank cards. If you are in a dangerous situation leave your possessions and seek help in the nearest safe place.
  • Keep your bag closed: if it is open an opportunist thief is more likely to see what you have and take it.