Stay out of harm's way
National Personal Safety Day
7 October 2015

This year National Personal Safety Day will be held on 7 October 2015.

Held each year, the event aims to raise awareness of simple ways to keep safe and avoid violence, helping you to feel more confident and safe in your society.

National Personal Safety Day

National Personal Safety Day is organised by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, a Trust created by the parents of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh who disappeared in 1986 and has never been found.  Their mission is to make people aware of the importance of personal safety.

This year the theme of National Personal Safety Day is 'Keep it Real' and as the name suggests, it focuses on every-day steps you can take to stay safe.  

The fact is that it's great to know that just about everyone nowadays from teenage children or elderly parents have a mobile phone at hand should they require help or assistance.  The campaign will highlight the steps that we can all take to avoid violence and aggression.

There a some easy precautions that you can take to ensure you and your family are not at risk:

Always plan ahead and if you are going for a night out with friends make sure you know how you are going to get yourself back home.  Can you travel with a friend - instead of being alone and do you know the times of buses or trains?

Use your common sense and avoid using dark alleyways and badly lit streets.  If you do have to use a quiet street, walk down the centre.

If you feel in danger make your way to a public area, for example a shop or a garage.

From a very young age it was always drummed into me that I should never accept a lift from a strange - so make sure you stick to this and it also includes not accepting a lift from someone you don't know very well. 

Another important tip to consider is being extra vigilant at cashpoint machines and never count your cash in the street.

One tip that caught my eye was the one that recommends that you keep your wits about you and your eye on your surroundings - it's so easy today to be chatting on your mobile phone or listening to music via earphones or headphones.  However, whilst you are doing this you are not always aware of what is going on around you and you might not hear any potential trouble approaching!

At the official website, you can read loads of tips on how to keep yourself safe in and around our streets, as well as finding out about great fundraising ideas.  And all you need to know about how to keep safe every single day.

All money raised goes towards running community projects and training seminars to help keep people all around the UK stay safe.

Whether you are at school or an adult in the working world, a number of quizzes have been specially designed to tell you how safe you are.  Take the quiz now by clicking here.

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