Crime Prevention & Community Safety
When out and about
Release date: Wed 21 March 2007
Last updated: Mon 25 February 2013
When you are out and about, general personal safety principles of confidence, awareness, body language and instinct still apply. However there are also specific precautions you can take to reduce your vulnerability.
When using an ATM or public phone
- Look around first to make sure nobody is watching you.
- Be aware of appearing as an easy target -stand where you can see someone approaching and project confidence with your body language.
- Try to use your body as a shield to prevent anyone seeing you enter your personal identification number (PIN).
- Immediately place all cash in your wallet/pocket - never count it in front of the ATM.
- At night, try to find an ATM or phone booth that is well-lit and not isolated.
- Consider service stations, supermarkets and department stores as alternative options to withdraw money.
While you are out in public
- Avoid discussing your personal affairs in public.
- If practical, do not go to the toilet alone.
- Watch your valuables at all times.
- Take care with your drinks - "Date rape" drugs are in use and are often colourless and odourless.
When you are leaving a venue
- When leaving a social venue, try not to leave on your own or isolated from other patrons.
- Let your friends know who you are leaving with.
- Consider making arrangements to contact someone when you arrive safely at your destination.
When you are getting home by taxi
- Where possible, try to book a taxi rather than hailing one from the street.
- Write down the company through which you made the booking.
- Note the registration and driver number.
When you are worried
- Draw attention to the situation so surrounding people take notice.
- If you are being followed, go to the nearest populated place (for example a police station, shop or service station).
- Check your instinct by changing direction or crossing the road.
- Make a note of the registration number and description of a suspicious car, driver and any passengers.
- Call police on 000 if you are feeling threatened or when you reach a safe place.
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