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.
Safety & 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.