The chances of you or someone you know becoming a victim of violent crime are low. Violent crimes by strangers in public places are still rare and account for a very small part of recorded crime. However, you can take few sensible precautions:
- You will be safest in bright, well lit and busy areas.
- Try to look and act confident – look like you know where you are going and walk tall.
- You might like to spread your valuables around your body. For example, keep your phone in your bag, your house keys in your trouser pocket and your money in your jacket.
- If someone tries to take something from you, it may just be better to let them take it rather than to get into a confrontation and risk injury.
- You can use reasonable force in self-defence. You are allowed to protect yourself with something you are carrying anyway (for example, keys or a can of deodorant), but you may not carry a weapon.
- If you decide to defend yourself, be aware that your attacker might be stronger than you, or may take what you are using in self-defence and use it against you. It is often better just to shout loudly and run away.
- Shout 'fire' rather than 'help' – it can get more results.
- Carry a personal attack alarm.
- If you use a wheelchair, keep your things beside you rather than at the back of the chair.
- Try not to show off the valuables you are carrying; talking on your mobile phone, carrying a laptop, or showing your friend your new gold ring all show thieves that you are worth robbing.
For more information phone the Suzy Lamplugh Trust information line on 0208 392 1839 or visit Suzy Lamplugh Trust
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