National Personal Safety Day 2017


What Is National Personal Safety Day?

National Personal Safety Day will be held this year on Saturday 7th October 2017 and is an annual event. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of simple ways to keep safe and avoid violence helping others to feel more confident and safe. This is organised by The Suzy Lamplugh Trust and what they do is highlight practical ways that anyone can avoid violence and aggression, so they can live safer, more confident lives.


Theme For National Personal Safety Day 2017

R- This stands for Ready. In addition to this, planning ahead and taking simple precautions can help minimise the chances of being a victim. For example, if you are going out for the night with friends make sure you know how to get back home, travel with a friend instead of being alone; make sure you know the time of buses, trains, taxis. When going out on your own make sure you have family member’s contacts that can help or friends, neighbours, relatives.

E- This stands for Educate. In addition to this, you must understand the risks of the environment around you. Avoid using dark alleyways and badly lit streets. Avoid quiet streets, if you do walk down quiet streets walk down the centre. Be extra vigilant at cashpoint machines and never count your cash in the street. If you feel like you are in danger then make your way to a public area, for example a shop, garage, petrol station, restaurant, find a crowd etc. This helps to reduce your chances of being in danger when in public.

A- This stands for Alert. In addition to this, keep your eye on surroundings and avoid speaking on your phone or wearing headphones whilst out alone, as this can limit your awareness of what is going on around you and you may not hear any potential trouble approaching.

L- This stands for Legal. In addition to this, it is illegal to carry a weapon or pepper spray, but consider carrying a personal safety alarm, which can be used to shock and disorientate an attacker giving you vital seconds to get away.

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How Can You Stay Safe?

• Taking self-defence classes is good way because you can then learn how to protect yourself in dangerous situations such as robbing, mugging making you prepared.

• Wear brightly coloured or reflective clothing. This helps you to be visible in public. This helps to make you less of a target due to the fact that bright colours have a correlation with confidence and it can reduce the chances of someone going to mess with you, because you are so visible. As wearing dark clothes at night can make you practically invisible so if you are attacked, it will be hard for others to clearly witness the attack and it makes that person an easier target.

• Lights (such as headlamp or bicycle lights). This helps to reduce the danger from car accidents.

• Avoid walking in areas such as alleys or parks during dark hours due to the fact that someone can attack you much easier in a darkened area and it will be much harder to get help when you need it. Stick to well-lit areas, public thorough fares, roads, paths for walking, and the more people around the better.

• Make sure someone knows where you are and what you are doing. If something happens to you, you definitely want to have at least one person who knows what you were doing and where you were going. If you have to walk somewhere at night, make sure a friend, family member/trusted person knows the exact route you took. This way if something does happen they know immediately where to start looking.

• Have emergency phone numbers memorised and GPS tracking systems such as Find My IPhone which helps to pinpoint the exact location of which a person’s IPhone is located. You need a contingency plan in case you lose your cell phone; it gets stolen, or runs out of battery life. Make sure you have a mobile phone on you at all times when going out or any other form of communication device. 

• Always carry money for transportation. This helps to make sure you can get home safely wherever you are that could involve a cab, bus, train, make sure that you always have the right amount to get you back from wherever you are. In order to do this effectively you must keep your back up money separately from the money you’re spending at night. This way it will avoid you running out of money. This is very important.

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Why Is Personal Safety Important? 

• Helps you to feel safe in and out of your home.

• Protects you from harm, violence.

• Helps you to be aware of your surroundings so you are safer and are better organised in staying safe.

• Improves well-being.

• Reduces your chances of being attacked.

• Helps you to avoid confrontation and conflict.

• Helps you to stay safe at all times including night.

• Helps you to be more prepared in emergency situations 

 

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Useful links for National Personal Safety Day

https://www.police.uk/news/7-october-national-personal-safety-day/

https://www.suzylamplugh.org/