Many of us feel most vulnerable when on foot, especially in areas that have a reputation or are just lonely. There are some simple things you can do to increase your safety, have a read of the following:

  • Avoid  quiet or badly lit alleyways and routes with pinch points where you can be easily isolated.
  • Do not use subways when there is an alternative.
  • If a vehicle pulls up suddenly alongside you, then turn and walk in the opposite direction.
  • If you do have to pass danger spots, such as dark recesses that could conceal a person, think about what you would do if you felt threatened.
  • If you are at all worried, always try and walk with a friend or stay near to groups of people.
  • Avoid passing stationary cars with their engines running and people sitting in them, cross the road if necessary.
  • If a vehicle pulls up suddenly alongside you, then turn and walk in the opposite direction.
  • Try to keep both hands free and do not walk with your hands in your pockets.
  • Avoid wearing headgear that restricts your peripheral vision.
  • Leave the MP3 player alone, listen to your surroundings, unusual noises act as warnings.
  • Wait till you are somewhere stationary to text or phone unless its an emergency, keep your awareness sharp and distraction free.
  • Always take the route you know best and try to use well lit, busy streets.
  • Keep your mind on your surroundings – you will know your environment and what may be different or unusual.
  • Walk confidently, look around you, avoid victim body language.
  • If you think you are being followed, trust your gut feelings and take action. Act as confidently as you can, use change direction, pop into a shop, cafe or bar or just head for the nearest house with lights on, use shop windows to see behind you, think laterally. Again safety in numbers, if others present nearby  head towards them. Call the police if you are sure you have a follower and give them your precise location .
  • If approached by strangers be cautious of their motives, never accept help from somebody offering to ‘walk you home safely’ this has been used to accost people.
  • Never accept a lift in a car from a stranger in any circumstances, do not hitch hike or accept lifts from taxis you have not booked.
  • Wear whatever clothing you like but remember clothing that is designed to show off your attributes can attract the wrong kind of attention.
  • Do not display too much wealth, expensive mobiles, watches and jewelery attract the wrong attention sometimes.