The most effective measure you can take to protect yourself against crime is to stay alert to your surroundings and trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe in a situation or place, leave immediately and notify police.
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SAFETY ON THE STREET
- Walk in groups of two or more.
- Carry a personal alarm.
- Plan a route and stick to it.
- Familiarize yourself with the area (know where you are and where you are going).
- When walking, jogging or cycling, use populated pathways.
- Stay in well-lit areas.
- Walk confidently.
- Put away any distractions (phones and headphones).
- Tell someone your destination and route.
- If you think that you are being followed change
Criminals associate purse/wallets with money and valuables:
- Don’t carry a purse with strap across your body or wrapped around your wrist – the robber may think you’re resisting.
- Only carry what you need.
Your safety is #1
If you are the victim of a robbery, cooperate. Remember, your property can be replaced.
- As an alternative, consider giving to a local registered charity.
- Say “no” politely.
- Do not swear or be abusive.
STAY ALERT, BE AWARE
- Use well-lit and frequently used stops.
- Try to wait with someone or have someone meet you at your stop.
- Plan routes and transfers before your trip.
- Be aware of who gets on and off with you.
- Sit close to the driver.
- Use request stop (allows riders to exit between regular stops) www.winnipegtransit.com/en/service/request-stop-service-after-7-00pm/.
- Report any abuse or harassment to the driver and/or contact police immediately.
- Do not exit the bus unless you feel it is safe to do so.
When your vehicle is occupied:
- Keep the gas tank at least 1/4 full.
- Keep doors of your vehicle locked at all times.
- Know the route to your destination.
- If you observe a vehicle driving erratically or carelessly, do not attempt to confront the driver – call the police.
- If your vehicle breaks down, pull over to the side of the road and turn on your four way flashers.
- When emergency vehicles are approaching you with lights and sirens activated, pull over to the right and come to a complete stop.
- When involved in a motor vehicle accident, remove vehicles from the roadway if safe to do so, and exchange particulars.
- Park in well-lit spots.
- Do not exit around suspicious people.
BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDING AND TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
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If you want more information or have any questions about Personal Safety, contact the Winnipeg Police Service Community Relations Unit at 204-986-6322 or via email.
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