Essex is a safe county and the chances of you, a friend or a
member of your family becoming a victim of violent crime are
However there are a number of steps you can take to
keep yourself safe. Planning your journeys, staying alert and
avoiding poorly lit alleyways and car parks are just a few.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust is a charity
devoted to providing practical support and personal safety
guidance. Visit the trust's website for detailed advice
and take a look at our tips below.
- Before you go out, think about how you are going to get home.
Avoid travelling alone and set aside some money in advance.
Can you travel home with a friend? What time does the last bus or
- Think about what you need to take with you. If you must take
valuables with you try not to keep them all in one place. Instead
place valuables such as wallets in an inside pocket.
- Think about carrying a personal safety alarm.
- We all have the right to wear what we
want but it’s worth remembering that
you can help to reduce the risks by wearing clothes you
can move in easily.
- Be extra careful when using cashpoints. Make sure nobody is
hovering nearby and don't count your money in
- Keep your mind on your surroundings – if you're chatting
on your mobile phone or listening to your iPod
you won't hear trouble approaching.
- Trust your instincts if you think you are being followed. As
confidently as you can, cross the road, turning to see who is
behind you and head for a busy area where you can tell
people what's happening. If necessary, call the police.
- Avoid danger spots like quiet or badly lit alleyways, subways
or isolated car parks.
- Try to use well lit, busy streets and use the route you know
- Whenever possible, walk facing oncoming traffic to avoid kerb
- If you are at all worried, try and stay near a group of
- Avoid passing stationary cars with their engines running and
people sitting in them.
- Beware of someone who warns you of the danger of walking alone
and then offers to accompany you. This is a ploy some attackers
have been known to use.
- Never accept a lift from a stranger or someone you don’t know
very well even if you are wet, tired or running late.
helpine for anyone affected by stalking and harrassement has been
set up by Network for Surviving Stalking,
Stalking and Suzy Lamplugh Trust.
The helpline offers information, advice and guidance via a
telephone line 0808 802 0300 email service firstname.lastname@example.org
and website www.stalkinghelpline.org
The helpline offers practical advice about
personal safety, how to collect evidence and what to do about
silent phone calls or malicious communications.
If you feel someone has an unhealthy interest in you or believe
you are a victim of stalking, call Essex Police on
101. If you are in immediate danger dial 999.