Personal safety - reduce the chance of becoming a victim
South Yorkshire remains a safe place to live, work and visit but there are some steps that you can take to reduce the risk of becoming the victim of a crime whilst out and about:
- At night, avoid taking risky shortcuts through back alleys, parks or waste grounds. Where possible, stick to pavements or well lit areas.
- Walk facing traffic so as you can see what's heading towards you and so a car cannot pull up behind you unnoticed.
- If you regularly walk home or go out jogging try to vary your routes (without taking risky shortcuts).
- Wearing earphones is common practice these days and can make walks or jogging more entertaining, however be aware the earphones may: appear attractive to potential attackers and reduce your alertness to your surroundings.
- If you are carrying a bag make sure the clasp is facing inwards, all zips are closed correctly and all pockets closed. If your bag is snatched let it go, your safety is more important than your property.
- If you have expensive items on you such as jewellery, mobile phone or personal stereo keep it out of sight.
- If you are threatened by a person, scream and shout, set off a personal attack alarm to startle the attacker as this will give you vital seconds to escape. Try to make a note of details such as registration plates, clothing, height etc. and then report the incident to the police.