Getting home safely

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Some useful tips to stay safe when you’re heading home at night.

Phone a friend
On your way home, call your mum, dad or best mate. Carry on talking to them until you hit your doorstep so that someone knows where you are at all times. If you something doesn’t feel right, you can manipulate the situation by saying things down the phone like ‘I’m about to be outside your house’ or ‘you’ll see me any moment now because I’m just walking past the park’, to give the impression you’re less alone that you look.

Hands-free
Refrain from using headphones because they’ll make you less aware of your surroundings. Similarly, if it isn’t raining, keep your hood down so you can see what’s going on around you. If it’s a long walk and you really can’t bear being in silence then use earbud headphones (the type you got free with your smartphone), and only put one ear in so the other is free.

Follow the light
Even if it takes you longer, stay on the path that is populated with houses and well lit rather than taking shortcuts down dark alleyways.

If you are walking along a road, be sure to walk on the side of the road with cars travelling towards you, rather than moving in the same direction as you. You’ll be able to see a car approaching you and always be aware of what’s coming. When the cars are heading in the same direction then a quiet car can pull up behind you without you even being aware.

Walk somewhere familiar, where people know who you are
Don’t try to take new routes or traverse into unexplored territory – the route you’re most familiar with will always feel the soundest.

Similarly, walk through neighbourhoods you know and where the residents may know you. Worst-case scenario: if you feel in danger you can knock on somebody’s door. Best-case scenario: you bump into a friend en-route to your house and they can walk you home the rest of the way.

Don’t be nervous
Despite the fact you might feel uneasy, look brave. Walk tall, head high, taking strides and keep an air of power about you. Walking around like you own the place will give the impression you’re not someone to be messed with. The weaker you look, the more likely someone will want to take advantage of that weakness.

What to do in an emergency
If a robber demands you go to a cashpoint and withdraw money for them put your PIN number in backwards, the ATM will notice that the number is backwards to the one usually assigned to your card so it will still dispense your cash but it will also send an emergency alarm to the police who will come to that location immediately.

Need advice?

Please contact PC Dave Fairbrother who has an office in Guildhall Halls:

T: 023 9284 5989

M: 07793 369 726

E: dave.fairbrother@port.ac.uk

 

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  1. “What to do in an emergency” … ERRR No?!?!?!

    This is a myth and wrong!

    https://www.north-wales.police.uk/advice-and-support/cyber-crime/pin-reversal-hoax

    There are lots of websites saying this is FAKE and FALSE.
    Entering your pin backwards WILL NOT get police or anything else to happen other than your card to be locked due to entering the pin wrong!

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