Safety Out and About

General Tips

  • Vary your routines and routes to and from places you visit regularly. This could make it harder for a stalker to know where you are and when.
  • Stick to well-lit areas at night and don’t take any risky short-cuts.
  • Remember to write every incident in your log, including the date, time, what happened and how it made you feel.
  • Don’t engage with your stalker if they try to engage you face-to-face and show as little emotion as possible. Make a mental note of details like what they were wearing, what car they were driving etc. and include these in your log.

Travelling by Foot

  • Walk in the direction of oncoming traffic to prevent curb crawlers.
  • Try not to listen to headphones or talk on your mobile as you won’t be able to hear someone walking behind you.
  • Carry a personal alarm. This is a small device that can disorientate an attacker when activated.
  • Keep a concealed mobile phone on you so you can call for help if you need to.
  • Trust your instincts – if you feel nervous about a particular person or surrounding, act on that and try to get out of the situation as soon as possible.
  • If you think you are being followed, cross the road as confidently as you can and turn to see who is behind you. If you are still being followed, keep moving. Make for a busy area and tell people what is happening. You might also want to report the incident to the police.
  • Think about your route home and have a back-up plan incase something happens. Where could you go? Do you know any friends that live nearby? Are there any well-lit public places or shops you could go to?

Using Public Transport

  • Always know where you are going and which stops you need in advance.
  • If you are travelling on an empty bus, it might be safer to sit on the lower deck, clost to the driver.
  • Avoid empty train carriages.
  • Move to another carriage or change seats if you feel threatened.

Dating

  • Leave details of your plans, including where you will be meeting and when you expect to get home, with a friend if you are meeting someone you don’t know very well.
  • Always hold the first few dates in public places.
  • Always work out how you are going to get home before leaving so you aren’t hanging around late at night – if possible, a licensed taxi is best.
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