The minute we leave the comfort of our homes, we are immediately vulnerable to danger. Not trying to scare anyone but this is the sad reality. Now that ‘Silly Season’ is approaching, crime rates will escalate. We have come up with a list of ways to minimize the risk of being a street crime victim.
- Know all the emergency numbers or keep them saved in your phone.
- Plan and know your route – if you are going somewhere in a place you aren’t familiar with, check a map and know where you are going. Make sure the route you pick is a safe one and stay away from any places that are known to be crime hot spots.
- Act confident – Keep your back straight with your hands out in the open. Look people in the eye and do not act nervous. Once a potential attacker notices that you look scared, they will attack you, especially if you are in a foreign country.
- Be aware of your surroundings – be aware of where you go and pay attention to everything and everybody around you. No matter how familiar you are with the place, pay attention to your surroundings and resist the urge to play music with earphones on. The music may distract you.
- Keep moving – Don’t stop to talk to strangers, especially when you are alone and don’t stop walking when a car approaches you.
- Carry self-defence items – these include an attack alarm or pepper spray.
- Always be accessible – Let you family and friends know where you are going and bring your mobile phone with you in case you need to call for help and assistance. If you are out somewhere you not supposed to be and you lied to your parents, send your location to someone you trust so someone knows where you are.
- Follow your instincts – As soon as you sense danger, do not question yourself. Find a different route and if you feel like you are being followed, cross the street and keep moving until you find a busy area. Do not be afraid to ask for assistance if you need to.
If you are confronted, do not resist especially if they have a weapon. Nothing is worth more than your life. We advise you to carry little money separate from other funds in case the robber demands money from you. It may seem like a good idea to tell them that you have no money but this technique may backfire. If someone tries to grab you, yell for help or do anything that will attract attention.
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