The Suzy Lamplugh Trust highlights practical ways that everyone can avoid violence and aggression, so they can live safer, more confident lives.
National Personal Safety Day, which is organised by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, is an annual event which aims to raise awareness of simple ways to keep safe and avoid violence, helping you to feel more confident and safe.
This year the theme of National Personal Safety Day is 'Keep it REAL'. It focuses on every-day steps you and your family can take when you’re out and about.
Keep it REAL
R is for Ready
By planning ahead and taking simple precautions you can help minimise the chances of being a victim. If you are going for a night out with friends make sure you know how you are going to get yourself back home. If you can, travel with a friend instead of being alone, and make sure you know the times of buses or trains.
E is for Educate
Understand the risks of the environment around you. Avoid using dark alleyways and badly lit streets. If you do have to use a quiet street, walk down the centre. Be extra vigilant at cashpoint machines and never count your cash in the street. If you feel in danger make your way to a public area, for example a shop or a garage.
A is for Alert
Keep your eye on your surroundings and avoid speaking on your phone or wearing headphones whilst out alone, as this could limit your awareness of what is going on around you and you might not hear any potential trouble approaching!
L is for Legal
It is illegal to carry a weapon or pepper spray, but consider carrying a personal safety alarm, which can be used to shock and disorientate an attacker giving you vital seconds to get away.
You can find more tips on how to keep yourself safe here. If you are the victim of violence or aggression, you should report it to your local police force on 101, or call 999 if you are in immediate danger.