October 14, 2020
Whilst it always depends on where and what you are doing the chances of you becoming a victim are relatively low however, sadly, in today’s world risk is ever present you should be aware of how you might take simple steps to protect yourself and reduce your risk from harm. Our personal security tips should aid preventing the chance of you becoming a victim.
We can’t plan for or prevent every scenario, but we can prepare ourselves mentally and physically for the worst.
Thieves either targeting you or opportunists will seize their moment when you are most vulnerable, staying vigilant with good situational awareness, foresight and judgement will improve your chances to avoid becoming a victim.
- Be alert and aware!
While you are walking, keep your mind on what is going on around you. Knowing who is near is the first step to being secure. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, move in the direction of other people. No earphones keep your ears open and be fully aware if someone is following you
Don’t make yourself an easy target by displaying valuable assets whilst in public. Jewellery, watches, purses, wallets or laptops should be worn or carried discreetly and securely or kept hidden at all times when alone
- Display confidence
Walk with purpose, scan the area around you and make casual eye contact with others to display confidence. This reduces your chances of being targeted by criminals. Don’t wear shoes or clothing that restrict your movements
- Keep your hands free
Carrying items makes you a more vulnerable target for criminals. Backpacks should be worn on your back, keeping your arms and hands free. Avoid text messaging or lengthy cell phone use while walking alone. Be extra alert; know who and what are around you at all times
- Trust your instincts
If you have an intuitive feeling something is wrong, trust your instincts. React immediately and take action to reduce your risk. Many individuals suppress these feelings, because they fear their response will offend someone. React to your instincts and don’t worry about someone else’s feelings. If someone approaches you and you feel uncomfortable, move or ask for assistance. Call the Police immediately about all suspicious activity. Don’t worry about “bothering” them because this is what they are there for
- Share location
Modern technology continues to evolve at pace and enables you to send your live location to several contacts. In the event of an emergency your location is traceable
- Ask for help
If you feel vulnerable, ask Police or Security to escort you to your car. This is often another fear individuals have, that they may inconvenience someone for something that did not exist
Safety through security.