- Although few of us will become victims of crime, some - particularly women and older
people - still feel vulnerable when they are out and about. This is especially so at
- The reality is that most victims of assault are young men under 30 - and drink usually
has a part to play. Women are at greater risk from those they know - from rape or domestic
violence, for example. Ironically, older people are more likely to be victims in their own
homes, where they feel safest. Even so, for many, the fear of harassment, robbery or
assault by a stranger remains.
Here are a few ideas to help you feel safer (show this page to your parents too):
See also Guide to coping with
The Metropolitan Police produces a booklet on personal safety. If you would like a copy
contact your local Crime Prevention Officer.
- DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS, NO MATTER HOW NICE OR HOW THEY REMIND YOU OF MUM OR
DAD.. JUST DON'T DO IT!
- Think ahead, plan your journey and avoid going to deserted
areas..Always let your parents or a good friend know of your whereabouts.
- Walk confidently - hold your head up, look as if you know where you are going.
- Try to avoid, walking alone at night and never accept a lift from a stranger, no matter
- Keep to well-lit main roads, walk down the middle of the pavement, face on coming
- Avoid short cuts like alley-ways, waste ground and wooded, bushy areas.
- Stay alert: be aware of what's going on around you.
- Carry a personal attack alarm. It can give you extra confidence.
- It is an offence to carry any item for the sole purpose of self defence. However,
everyday items like umbrellas, keys & torches can be used to defend yourself,
should you need to.
NOTE:Mace and Pepper sprays are illegal in the UK. It is an offence to possess,
sell or buy them.
Useful telephone numbers:
Anti Bullying Campaign 0171-378 1446,
Kidscape 0171-730 3300,
Childline 0800 1111 & Youth Access 01162 558763
(for details of your local counselling and advice centre)