Personal safety is always the most important consideration when planning on how to prevent or react to a robbery. Use your best judgement if confronted with violence. Remember….your safety is more valuable that your belongings.
General Personal Safety Measures To Protect Yourself
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings – this is generally your best defence.
- Walk with another person. If you can’t, notify someone of your route and E.T.A.
- Avoidance is better than resistance. Try to be aware of situations developing situations and give yourself time and opportunity to run away.
- Avoid walking in dark, deserted areas such as parks and vacant lots.
- Choose the sidewalk across from potential hiding spots such as doorways, alleys or shrubs.
- Trust your instincts. If you get a bad feeling about a situation go to a safe place immediately.
- DO NOT allow an attacker to take you to another location. You can improve your odds of survival if you try to escape or yell for help at the point of initial contact rather than at the attacker’s preferred location.
- If a threatening vehicle approaches you, turn and walk in the opposite direction. It’s more difficult for a driver to pursue you if they must drive in reverse, or turn around.
- If you think you’re being followed, go to the nearest well-lit public area or store to seek assistance.
- If someone grabs your purse, let it go. (To avoid this, try a knapsack or fanny pack, or wear your purse strap diagonally across your body.)
- If you’re forced to give up belongings, throw them in one direction and run the other.
- If you are in danger, make noise. Yell, scream, or do whatever it takes to attract attention and discourage your attacker. It is normal to feel uncomfortable “making a scene,” but your safety is more important. Give yourself permission to be loud if you feel you’re in danger.
- Avoid using bank machines after hours.
- Never carry large amounts of money and never count it in public.
- Conceal small personal electronics underneath your clothing.
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