Women's safety

We have put together some tips on how women can feel safer on the streets.

It's a good idea to plan your journey

  •  Consider how you are going to get home. Can you travel home with a friend or family member?  What time does the last bus or train leave?
  • Prepare for your day before you leave – consider what you might need
  • Tell someone your plans
  • Consider carrying a personal alarm
  • When you plan your journey you could also use Google Street View which is useful for identifying landmarks in an unknown area before you set off

When walking from or to home

  • Use well-lit, busy streets and use the route you know best
  • Plan your route before you set off
  • Avoid higher risk areas
  • If you think you are being followed, trust your instincts and take action. As confidently as you can, cross the road, turning to see who is behind you. If you are still being followed, keep moving. Head to a busy area and tell people what is happening. If necessary, call the police

Keep aware of your surroundings

  • Always be aware when using cashpoint machines. If there are signs of tampering or people acting suspiciously, do not use it
  • Always keep your valuables in one place. It’s a good idea to keep valuables such as wallets in an inside pocket of your clothes or handbag. Keeping a separate amount of cash or a bank card from your main purse or wallet is a good idea too
  • It's a good idea to carry a personal safety alarm which can be used to shock and distract an attacker and alert other people who may be able to help

Find out more 

Visit Redbridge Women's Resource

 

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