Transport or the point of no return?

October 3, 2014

Safety out and about is imperative and can be easily practiced by simply being aware of your surroundings, especially when using headphones or speaking on your mobile phone. If strangers approach you, use your feelings and good old fashioned ‘GUT INSTINCT’ as a guide by removing yourself from the situation if you feel unsafe. It is better to be rude than unsafe.

When traveling on public transport don’t just sit there be aware;

·         Confident – Be confident, self-assured and comfortable in your surroundings
·         Positive body language – Look streetwise rather than fearful.
·         Awareness – Wearing headphones or using mobile phones reduce your awareness of what is happening around you.
·         Trust your instincts – Listen to, trust and act on your instincts. If you sense danger from someone, something or a place, immediately remove yourself to a safer place.
·         Preservation – Do what you think will best preserve your safety – running away, screaming, negotiating with the attacker, calling for assistance and using physical self defence as a last resort.
·         Take note – When giving a description it is important to try and build a complete picture of a person from head to toe. Take note of the offender’s description and immediately report the incident to police

 Trains & Buses

  • Sit wherever you feel the most comfortable and safe. If the train/bus is empty, or nearly empty, consider sitting near the train guard or driver.
  • In an emergency, seek help by alerting the guard/driver or pushing the emergency contact button for assistance.
  • Emergency phones are available at all stations and in some car parks.
  • Core Safety Zones (blue-and-white striped safety line on the platform) are waiting areas available at some train stations that guarantee a number of security features such as camera surveillance, enhanced lighting and access to an emergency phone.
  • Avoid unnecessary waiting and plan your travel by consulting a timetable. Advise a responsible person of your expected arrival and route.
  • When leaving public transport, be alert to who gets off with you.
  • Have a plan to get to your car or home when you get off public transport.