Previously we talked a lot about safe guarding your wallet or purse when on public transport. We also discussed where you should sit in the bus or train (close to the driver) and touched on what you should do if challenged. We carry on with local travel security and talk about what to do when you are threatened.
Firstly, carrying a personal alarm that is within easy reach, and can be easily sounded, is a good form of gaining attention. There are different forms of eye mace (if legal in your location), but this can be cumbersome to defend yourself with, and it can be also be used on you by the attacker if they get hold of it.
We suggest that you do not carry weapons, unless you are authorized to do so (Government authorization only – also check where you can carry these weapons), and only if you have specialized training in using them. Weapons can be easily used against you and other people, especially in a close confrontation.
Try to get a good description of the offender – height, dress, complexion, hair color, scars, tattoos, speech and accent are the main points to focus on. The direction of the offender’ travel away from the scene will also be needed.
Call police ASAP, either with your phone or with assistance from a nearby person.
If you are alone, and have just been attacked, make sure you are still not in close proximity to the offender. Run towards a safer place where there are lights and people, and well lit houses. However, when gaining someone’s attention for assistance, remember to be cautious because you do not know who they may be.
1. Never walk at night unless you are with other people, or you have a guard dog with you.
2. Most assaults happen at night, or very early morning. The majority of assaults happen in parks, secluded areas, lane ways, quiet streets, and around any type of closed shopping center or car park. However, they can happen anywhere.
3. If you need to walk at night, be very aware of your surroundings and keep to main roads/streets that are well illuminated and near well light houses.
4. Pick your walking route before you leave home.
5. Let someone know which route you are traveling on, and how long it should take you. Let that person know when you return.
6. When walking, always walk at a good pace with confidence and assertiveness. Walking in this way actually raises your self awareness.
7. Look at everyone that passes in the eye (but do not stare).
8. Do not walk and talk and text on the phone or wear head phones.
9. Have all of your personal items such as phones, cash and so on well hidden.
10. However, always walk holding your keys as a possible defense tool.
11. Have speed dial numbers in your mobile phone, and make sure the phone is always fully charged.
12. If you think that you are being followed, immediately pick a route that will bring you to other people, with main roads and traffic, shops, and authorities within easy reach.
Make a call on your mobile straightaway as you are walking; the possible offender will see this and may be deterred. Use any windows that may around to identify who may be following you, and to track their proximity. Report this activity ASAP and call the police.
13. If you are attacked, use the method that we discussed previously in local travel – Bus Trains.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times
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