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Personal safety advice for 20,000 kids

Published Friday, 11 October 2013

Thousands of secondary pupils will receive crime fighting advice as part of a massive Enfield wide clampdown in robbery and anti-social behaviour.

Personal Safety Day

Thousands of secondary pupils will receive crime fighting advice as part of a massive Enfield wide clampdown in robbery and anti-social behaviour.

The initiative by Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police to mark National Personal Safety Day on 14 October will see police officers giving presentations to schools across the borough and every secondary school pupil receiving information on how to avoid being a victim of crime and anti-social behaviour.

The drive follows in the footsteps of a successful initiative which slashed youth robbery in Enfield by 60% and which resulted in the borough receiving an international award for the project.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Public Health, Cllr Christine Hamilton, said: “We have a strong track record in driving down youth crime and this initiative will build on the excellent work we have already done to reduce the likelihood of our school children becoming a victim of crime.

“We must never be complacent and we will continue to find ways of protecting our young people and giving them the information they need to keep safe on our streets.”

Advice to young people on keeping safe includes:

  • Consider where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. 
  • Is the route you’re planning busy and well-lit?
  • Can you avoid any high risk spots, such as quiet or badly-lit alleyways, subways or isolated car parks?
  • Consider carrying a personal safety alarm, which could be used to shock and disorientate an attacker if necessary, giving you vital seconds to get away. 
  • Stay alert, as the sooner you see or hear potential danger approaching, the easier it is to avoid it. 
  • Avoid wearing earphones or chatting/texting on your mobile phone when walking down the street alone, as this will distract you from your surroundings and could prevent you from hearing danger approaching
  • If you do see potential danger ahead, it’s advisable take action immediately. Change your route and head for a safe place, such as a pub, garage, friend’s house or anywhere there are other people.
  • Try to walk facing oncoming traffic to avoid kerb crawlers. If this isn’t possible and a vehicle pulls up suddenly alongside you, turn and move as quickly as possible in the other direction. 
  • Trust your instincts. If you think you’re being followed, take action. Cross the road, turning to
    see who is behind you. If you’re still being followed, keep moving and make for a safe place. 
  • Don’t let fear of crime stop you from getting out and about. Taking precautions to minimise any risks will not only make you safer, it should also make you feel safer and give you more confidence when out on the streets
  • If you are out and about in Enfield and feel unsafe for any reason look out for the Community Help Point Scheme (CHiPS) logo in local shops and businesses. During their opening hours you can go in to these premises and ask for help if you are lost, worried, or have been the victim of crime, bullying or intimidation.

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