Summer safety tips

Summer safety tips

Summer is a great time to get out of your comfort zone, explore new places and try new things - it’s also a time when people can become complacent as they get caught up having a good time and neglect basic safety measures. 

This is why Business Resilience Adviser Mark Anderson, seconded from Police Scotland, has put together a simple Personal Safety Guide to keep in the back of your mind while you enjoy new experiences this summer.

PLAN FOR YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY

Prepare yourself: Know where you are going and how to get there. Plan your route there and back and always have your mobile phone and a personal attack alarm with you.

Look confident: Be alert, walk tall and keep your head up so that you are aware of your surroundings. A good posture is an aid to self-protection.

Avoid Risk: Whenever you are going out, leave details or tell someone where you are going, how you intend to get there and how long you expect to be.  If your plans change, be sure to let someone know.  Use well-lit populated routes for any journey on foot and walk facing the traffic if possible. If it’s dark or you are uncomfortable, telephone for a licenced taxi.

Never assume it won’t happen to you: Never assume your fears are unfounded and never assume people are what they seem.  People are more likely to be harmed by people they know than by strangers.

PERSONAL SAFETY AND PROPERTY SECURITY

 While out walking

  • When you are out walking, stay on well-lit roads with pavements and populated areas. If you are in a park or common ground, keep to the main paths and open spaces where you can see and be seen. Use cycle and walking paths.
  • If you are wearing headphones remember that you won’t hear traffic, or if someone is approaching behind you, so keep the volume low enough to still hear other sounds.  
  • If you think you are being followed, check by crossing the road and more if necessary. If you’re still worried go to the nearest place where there are other people.
  • Keep a personal safety alarm handy, you can obtain one from Police Scotland.  

Bag Security

  • Ensure that any bags are fastened and facing the body and carry your house keys and mobile phone in your pocket.
  • If someone grabs your bag - let it go.  If you hang on you could be hurt so avoid wearing a shoulder strap over your head and across your body.
  • Don’t leave your bag unattended at any time even for a moment, e.g. within shopping trolleys or on the seat next to you on the bus.
  • When driving your car keep any bags out of sight and not on the front passenger seat.
  • Before leaving home check the contents of your bag/purse/wallet and only take with you items you need.  Remove items such as bank cards, credit cards and any documents you don’t need and that contain personal information.
  • Do not routinely carry your driving licence.  It is a very important document that contains a lot of information.  You have seven days to produce your licence if stopped by the police so there is no requirement for it to be carried as a matter of routine.
  • Carry important items at the bottom of your bag, out of reach and out of sight.

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