Street Wise

How to be Street Wise

Gerneral guide to safety by being smart!

Travelling To and From School

• If possible travel with a friend – a group of you would be even better.

Stay alert – keep an eye on everything that is happening around and in front of you.

• Keep both hands free. – you need to be able to move easily.

Trust your instincts – if you have a ‘funny feeling’ about someone or something, act on it straight away.

Take the route you know best and stick to well-lit, busy streets.

Avoid danger spots like subways. Ensure that you have a good all round vision.

Walk in the middle of the pavement, facing oncoming traffic.

Think about your route home.  Safe places might be busy places like shops or garages, friends’ houses or a police station.  Where would be a safe place to go if something went wrong?

Have your keys ready so you can get into your home quickly.

Travelling By Bus or Train

• Always wait for a bus or train in a well-lit place and near other people if possible.

• Try to sit near the driver or guard and make sure you can see as much of the bus deck or carriage as possible.

• Look for carriages on trains with lots of people in them and if a bus is not busy, stay on the lower deck.

Notice where the emergency alarms are located – there are alarms on every bus, in every train carriage and on every platform.

• Have your travel pass or correct change ready, so that your purse or wallet stays out of sight.

Carry extra money in case you get stranded and need to take another bus or train or ring for a lift.

• Try to get someone to meet you if you are going to be alone when you get off at the bus stop or train station.

What to Do If you Feel Threatened

If a situation makes you feel uneasy you should try to get away at once. If you are on a bus or train then move to a different seat or carriage. You can also alert the driver, guard or station staff.

Don’t panic, breathe slowly and think clearly about how to react.

• Always give away your bag, purse or wallet rather than fighting. Your things can be replaced – you can’t.

• Your voice is one of your best forms of defence. Don’t be embarrassed to make as much noise as possible to attract attention. Yell at the top of your voice, giving a specific instruction like “Phone the Police!”

• If you are on a bus or train you can press the alarm. Train platforms have telephones situated at the Help Points – it will connect you immediately to the British Transport Police or station staff.

• You could also phone 999. The operator will ask for name, address, emergency you require – give the information as clearly as you can and ask for the police. After you’ve contacted the emergency services call your family and let them know where you are.

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