National Personal Safety Day
Monday 10th October 2011 marks National Personal Safety Day and South Bucks District Council and Thames Valley Police would like to inform residents that it’s SIMPLE to try and stay safe.
South Bucks District Councillor Anita Cranmer, Portfolio Holder for Community, says “South Bucks has a very low robbery rate compared to some other areas nearby, but it is important that residents stay vigilant. Taking a few minutes to remind themselves about some of the very important things that we can all do to stay safe…. it’s both simple and sensible so help protect themselves and their family.”
Deputy LPA Commander, Bhupinder Rai says that, “By taking a few simple precautions you will reduce the chances of becoming a victim. A would-be attacker will be looking for the ideal victim in the ideal location. It makes sense where possible to plan ahead when you are out and about. I would also encourage residents to keep personal items out of view and secure at all times.”
Here’s a SIMPLE guide to follow to help you look out for yourself:
Stay alert: Remember if you are wearing headphones or chatting on your mobile phone you will be distracted from your surroundings and will not hear trouble approaching.
Invest in a personal alarm: These can be used to shock and disorientate an attacker giving you vital seconds to get away.
Make sure you avoid danger spots: Stick to busy well-lit streets whenever possible and avoid quiet or badly lit alleyways, subways or isolated parks or waste grounds. Take the safer route, even if it’s longer.
Plan ahead: Know where you’re going and the best way to get there. Whenever possible, avoid long waiting times at bus stops and stations by checking arrival times before leaving home.
Listen to your instincts: If you feel threatened head for a safe place where there will be other people, such as a busy street, shop or garage.
Ensure you take the same precautions wherever you are: It’s natural to feel more relaxed and comfortable in your own neighbourhood than when you are in an unfamiliar area but it’s important not to get complacent about your safety when close to home.
For more information on personal safety visit www.suzylamplugh.org.
Schools, local groups and residents can pick up personal safety leaflets, posters and quizzes from South Bucks District Council Offices in Denham.
Please call 01895 837220 for further information.
For more information please contact
South Bucks District Council,
Denham, Bucks. UB9 4LH
Tel: 01895 837200