VIDEO: Bromley police and Suzy Lamplugh Trust team up for National Personal Safety Day (From News Shopper)
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VIDEO: Bromley police and Suzy Lamplugh Trust team up for National Personal Safety Day
BROMLEY police is supporting today’s National Personal Safety Day by highlighting measures people can take to stay safe.
This year’s campaign is called StreetsAhead, focusing on how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of violence when out on the streets.
Safety tips are being publicised as part of the day and themed messages will be tweeted on Twitter.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Furphy, from Bromley police, said: “This annual national initiative run by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust is a great way of raising the profile of personal safety.
“While the risk of being a victim of crime cannot be eliminated however careful you are, there are a number of things you can do to reduce that risk, such as being aware of your surroundings, and sticking to routes that are busy and well-lit.”
And Suzy Lamplugh Trust spokeswoman Rachel Griffin said: “While risk levels vary from one area to another there are some basic safety tips that anyone can use to help improve their safety, no matter where they are.
“For example, staying alert on the street could help you to see potential danger approaching in time to take action to avoid it.”
Safety tips – publicised as part of the StreetsAhead campaign:
• Consider where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. Is the route you’re planning busy and well lit? Can you avoid any high risk spots, such as quiet or badly-lit alleyways, subways or isolated car parks?
• Consider carrying a personal safety alarm which could be used to shock and disorientate an attacker if necessary, giving you vital seconds to get away.
• Try to walk facing oncoming traffic to avoid kerb crawlers. If this isn’t possible and a vehicle pulls up suddenly alongside you, turn and move as quickly as possible in the other direction.
• Trust your instincts. If you think you’re being followed, take action. Cross the road, turning to see who is behind you. If you’re still being followed, keep moving and make for a safe place.
• Stay alert, as the sooner you see or hear potential danger approaching, the easier it is to avoid it.
• Avoid wearing earphones or chatting/texting on your mobile phone when walking down the street, as this will distract you from your surroundings and could prevent you from hearing danger approaching.
• If you do see potential danger ahead, it’s advisable to take action immediately. Change your route and head for a safe place, such as a pub, garage, friend’s house or where there are other people.
• Don’t let fear of crime stop you from getting out and about. Taking precautions to minimise any risks will not only make you safer, it should also make you feel safer and give you more confidence when out on the streets.
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust was founded by Paul and Diana Lamplugh in memory of their estate agent daughter who disappeared in 1986 when she went to meet an unknown client.
They set it up to highlight the risks people face and to offer advice, action and support to minimise those risks.
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