Personal safety on the street
The most effective measure you can take to protective yourself against crime is to stay alert to your surroundings and trust your instincts.
Crime prevention starts with you
Watch this short video on how to protect yourself from being victimized by a robbery
Stay alert. Be aware.
- Walk in groups of two or more.
- Put away distractions. Don't display valuable items such as phones, headphones or laptops.
- Carry a personal alarm.
- Plan a route and stick to it.
- Familiarize yourself with the area you are in and where you are going.
- Use populated paths when walking, jogging or cycling.
- Stay in well-lit areas.
- Walk confidently.
- Tell someone your destination and route.
- If you think you are being followed, change direction and head for a populated area.
- Criminals associate purses and wallets with money and valuables. Do not carry a purse with a strap across you or wrapped around your wrist.
- Only carry what you need.
- If you feel unsafe in a situation or place, leave immediately.
When encountering a panhandler
- Say no politely.
- Do not swear or be abusive.
- If you want to help someone on the street, consider giving your money to local registered charity.
Download a copy of our personal safety brochure.