Do not become a victim. Avoid:
- Anything that limits your ability to see or hear trouble, such as wearing hoods, listening to music through earphones or talking on a mobile.
- Walking in quiet, deserted areas such as underpasses, alleyways, parks, commons and empty wasteland.
- Walking in a hesitant way and looking unsure of where you are going.
- Appearing drunk or in any way out of control.
- Having cash or valuables on show.
Personal safety tips
If you feel uncomfortable walking to your accommodation at night ask the security staff based at the Glenburnie Entrance of Springfield Hospital to escort you back to the Diamond Estate. They will be happy to undertake this unless they are dealing with an emergency or have reduced numbers during their regular nightly site inspections.
- Carry a personal alarm.
- Make use of 'preferred routes'- the safest path to your destination.
- Always try to walk in well lit areas in the middle of the pavement, especially when going around corners.
- Walk against the flow of the traffic to avoid kerb crawlers.
- Look confident. Walk with your head up and with energy.
- Keep your hand free.
- Have your mobile ready for use.
- Have your keys ready when approaching home so you don't spend time on the doorstep fumbling in your bag.
- Make it difficult for anyone to conceal themselves near the entrance to your home by cutting hedges well back, or installing outside lighting.
- Wear appropriate clothing.
- If you decide to take a cab home, pre-book a car through a licensed taxi office and ensure the car you ordered is the one you get into.
- Know the car details and check the driver knows what name it was booked under. Sit in the back and carry an alarm.
- If someone attempts to snatch your bag or phone, let them have it. You are risking personal injury if you resist.
Be concerned about people who are:
- Drunk or under the influence of drugs or solvents Exhibiting behaviour which is unpredictable, out of 'norm' or whose behaviour may be viewed as escalatory
- Involved in change of any kind (positive or negative)
- In charged emotional states, whether created by chemicals or circumstance
- Known to have a violent history
- Making threats (written or verbal)
What causes violence
Ideas about the causes of violence include the suggestion that the ability to be violent is within us all. Another suggestion is that frustration can lead to aggression. Some of us may copy the behaviour of others, especially if we see that by being violent they are actually achieving their goals. Life experiences, family crisis or bereavement can lead to an expression of hostility. Or we can be trained to be violent at an early age when we are given pretend weapons and play at destroying the enemy. Sometimes violent behaviour seems to have a quality to attract and we, or others, may be drawn into it. There are connections between certain foodstuffs and effects upon behaviour, connections too between what we witness and what we do. In addition the environment in which we work and live, can increase or reduce a feeling of hostility, and also the expression of violence and aggression. It is important that we consider the causes of violence and aggression, because if we can identify any element, pinpoint any cause that we can then alter, we can directly help reduce the amount of aggression and violence we may face.