Tips for Staying Safe on the Street 

During the recent vacation, a group of our students, through no fault of their own, were attacked, robbed, and assaulted. As parents and carers, this is a dilemma. We want our children to become more independent and simultaneously to keep them safe. 

So how can young people reduce the risk on the streets? 

Street crime is often opportunistic, so making yourself less of a target, moving with purpose and being aware of your surroundings will go a long way in keeping you safe.  

Be prepared 

Plan your route in advance. Carry a charged mobile phone and some cash and tell someone where you’re going. 

Be assertive 

From the moment you step out onto the street in the morning, look assertive and act and walk with confidence. This will always make you appear in control and much less vulnerable. 

Be aware 

Using a mobile phone—whether making a call or texting—wearing a hood or listening to loud music all affect your awareness of your surroundings. 

Hide it 

Keep your valuables, including your mobile phone, other devices, and jewellery hidden. Remember, out of sight, out of mind.  

Go against the flow 

When walking on the footpath, always face oncoming traffic, as it will make it far more difficult for thieves on two wheelers to ride up from behind and snatch your property. But still be aware of anyone approaching from ahead of you.  

Trust your instincts 

Try to avoid walking alone at night in places such as parks and side streets or any unfamiliar environment. If you do have to walk, stick to busy places where a lot of activity CCTV and good lighting. 

Make a plan 

And stick to it. First off, discuss with friends what to do if something were to go wrong on your night out together, e.g. if one of you has too much to drink or you get separated. Agree on a backup plan and look out for one another. 

Be vigilant 

Alcohol and drugs will reduce reaction times and inhibitions, which makes it harder to assess risks and decide how to deal with them. Keep an eye on how much you drink and never let your glass or bottle out of your sight.  

Safety in numbers 

Try to travel with people you know and, where possible, stick to routes and forms of transport that others are using and avoid shortcuts in lonely places. 

Mr Alan Clarke