How can I stay safe?

Safety on the street

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  • Never carry a lot of cash or valuable objects.
  • Carry your mobile phone separately from other objects in case you need to use it quickly.
  • Always have your house keys at hand in case you need to use them in an emergency.
  • Do not show in public or in open areas the valuable objects you are carrying (for example, laptop, smartphone/mobile phone, mp3, mp4…).
  • Keep alert. If you use headphones, then choose the smaller darker ones. Don’t put up the volume so high that it prevents you from hearing what is happening around you.
  • Always zip up your rucksack or bag and keep them closed.
  • Wear your rucksack or bag across the body.
  • If you are on the pavement, always keep your rucksack or bag away from the road side.
  • Always try to walk with schoolmates or friends and choose well-lit and well-travelled streets you know. Nearby friends’ houses and shops are always safe places to go in case of emergency.
  • Before leaving home, always let someone you trust know where you are going and what route you are taking.
  • If you see someone you feel suspicious about, cross the road and walk on the other side of the street from him/her.
  • Do not accept lifts. Don’t take offers from people you don’t know.
  • Avoid passing near cars stopped by the pavement with the motor running and the driver inside. Go to the other side of the street.
  • If a car stops near you when you are on foot, change direction as soon as possible.
  • If you go about on a bike, skateboard or rollerblades, always wear helmet and knee pads. It will protect you in case you lose your balance and fall! It is important to always have a bicycle lock with you for securing your bike when you leave it.
  • If you feel concerned or frightened and think you might be in danger, call 999.
  • If someone grabs you or you think are being followed, shout as loud as possible and try to run away.