More people will be affected by the 'fear of crime' than actually becoming a victim of crime. Think of all those times when you took the longer route rather than taking the short cut. How often do you check the location of your purse, wallet, phone or bag after leaving a crowded shop? And why do you lock your home at night?
Here are a few reminders to keep you safe and out of harm’s way. Wherever you are:
- Let someone know where you’re going.
- Plan your journey.
- If you exercise, do it during the day, on well-lit busy streets or in groups.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Consider carrying a personal attack alarm.
- Carry your bag in front of you so you can see the openings.
- Keep your phone and money safe.
- Keep your keys in a separate pocket.
ICE (In Case of Emergency) is a means of helping the emergency services contact your next-of-kin if you're involved in an accident. If you carry a mobile phone, simply store the name and number to be contacted with the letters ICE in front of their name. If you don't have a phone, simply write the details down and place in your pocket.
If your phone has a pass code lock you may need to take additional steps to ensure your emergency contacts can be accessed by the emergency services. If you use a Apple device look up how to setup your Medical ID by clicking here. If you use an Android device you can find out how to set this up by clicking here.
Keep Safe Scheme is intended to support adults with learning disabilities to live independently and safely and help vulnerable adults (with learning and physical disabilities, autism and dementia) who find themselves in difficulties when out and about.
Crimestoppers offers additional advice on keeping safe.