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
TRAINS AND BUSES
- 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.