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:
- Stay alert - awareness is your best defence
- Never leave your drinks unattended, even soft drinks get spiked
- Drink water in between alcoholic drinks
- You don’t have to be drunk to have a good night, set limits and stick to them
- Alcohol can change your behaviour and make you do things that you wouldn’t normally do
- At night, avoid taking risky shortcuts through back alleys, parks or waste grounds. Where possible, stick to pavements or well lit areas
- Be confident - even if you don't feel it
- Trust your instincts - if you think something is wrong, then act on it
- Always pre-book a licensed taxi for your journey home
- Stay with your friends and never walk home alone
- 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.
In an emergency dial 999.
For non-emergencies or if you have information about a crime tell us by calling 101.