Fear of crime and physical attack is something that goes through everybody’s mind from time to time. It’s not just a problem for young women – research shows that young men are twice as likely to be victims.
The good news is there are steps that you can take to minimise the risks.
Always let someone know where you are when you are away from home, especially if your plans change it takes just one quick call.
Always trust your instincts, if you have a ‘funny feeling’ about someone or something, don’t ignore it, act on it.
Remember, drugs and alcohol dull your reflexes and reduce your awareness of danger.
If a problem arises, if you can, get away from the situation. Only fight if you really have to. Always give your bag, purse or wallet rather than fighting – they can be replaced – you can’t!