When travelling on foot, use busy routes and well-lit walkways - avoid isolated and darkened areas. Inform another trusted party of your intended destination, mode of transport and expected arrival time.Walk facing traffic so that vehicles cannot approach you from behind without you being aware of their presence.
- Do not display obvious valuables on your person - jewellery, handbags, etc unless completely necessary.
- Carry only the amount of cash that you require - credit cards, bank pass books should be kept securely out of sight and not in hip pockets.
- If you think you are being followed, go to the nearest place where there are people, even a private house and ring the Gardaí.
- If you are assaulted, help is available to you 24 hours a day. In any case involving sexual attack, you may feel dirty, but you should NOT wash, change your clothes or clean up the immediate vicinity until after you have talked to the Garda, you may unwittingly destroy essential evidence. Many crimes of rape, sexual attack are not reported and most rapists will continue their assaults until caught.
- Avoid situations which will necessitate you travelling alone at nighttime. There is safety in numbers. If however, you must travel on your own, plan your journey to limit your exposure to risk of assault, robbery or theft, by scheduling your journey to coincide with bus and train times etc. Use a taxi if no other transport is available.
- Ensure your apartment and house doors are locked at all times.
- When vacating your apartment, check to ensure that all windows are locked.
- Never give your apartment keys to anyone else and do not leave your keys where others could have access to them.
- Before you admit any callers to your apartment, ensure you are satisfied with their identity - ask for identification if in doubt.
- Inform a trusted neighbour if you are going away.
- Ensure that you do not have obvious signs of a vacant apartment - curtains drawn during daylight hours etc.
- Ensure that all your property is marked with your own personal identification code.
- Items of value should be securely locked away.
- When you purchase a bicycle, you should insist on obtaining a receipt showing the name and address of the seller/trader, together with the make, model, colour and frame number of your machine. Retain this receipt for future reference.
- Secure your bicycle while unattended by using a good quality-locking device.
- Leave your bicycle in an area, which is supervised, or in an area where it can be in view of passers-by.
- Take a photograph of your bicycle and engrave on the frame your own personal identifying number.
- Do not leave valuables in your vehicle. If this is necessary, secure them out of sight in the boot.
- Do not leave personal documents - driving licences, insurance certificates etc in your vehicle.
- Consider having the registration number etched onto the windows of your vehicle and on valuable car components.
- When parking your vehicle, take care to avoid isolated or darkened areas.
- Use a well-lit street or thoroughfare at nighttime.
- Consider fitting a good quality car alarm and/or immobiliser.
- A hardened steel chain and close shackle padlock fitted to the steering wheel is a visible and effective deterrent.
- Do not pick up hitchhikers.
It's important that if you're using the internet, you know how to stay safe. You should never give out any personal information when you're online, no matter who you think you're talking to.Chatrooms
- It can be a great way to chat to other people who share your interests, but you should always be careful not to pass on any of your personal details. To stay safe, make sure that when you're using a chat room or posting on a message board, you never give out any personal information like your address or your phone number. You should always use a nickname, so no-one can look you up in a telephone directory and get your home phone number.
- It's usually not a good idea to arrange to meet up with someone that you've been chatting to online. Remember that you can never be sure that they're telling the truth about their age or their interests and you could be putting yourself in danger.
- If you do want to meet up with someone you've met online, make sure that you discuss it with somene you trust beforehand. Then make sure that you arrange a meeting in a public place and that you take a friend with you.
Social networks are a great way of keeping in touch but you should think carefully before adding someone to your list of online friends or posting a blog entry that could get you into trouble at college or work. Remember that:
- your page is still a public place, so putting anything on your page that you wouldn't want your friends, lecturers or future employers to see is not a good idea
- you can never be sure that other users are being truthful about their online identities, so be careful about what information you give out
- think about whether you know someone well enough before accepting someone into your group of linked friends
- make sure you know who to contact to report abuse or bullying on your page and how your complaint will be dealt with
Some websites will ask you to fill out a registration form before you can use them. While this is normal practice, it's a good idea to find out what the website will do with your personal details. All companies that collect information have to tell their customers how personal information will be used. Make sure you check the website's terms and conditions if you want to know.
Some sites allow other companies to use details from their user database for market research purposes. Companies have to give you the chance to tell them if you don't want your details to be used in this way. This is often done by having a tick box on the online registration page. If you don't want your information to be used for marketing purposes, make sure you tick that box before you submit your information. Here are a few road safety tips to help you to avoid becoming a casualty.Road Safety
Here are a few road safety tips to help you to avoid becoming a casualty.
- Slow down. Remember that speed limits are a maximum not a target - often it is more appropriate to drive well within them.
- Set realistic journey times.
- Don't be pressured by tailgaters to speed.
- Read and know the rules of the road.
- Don't ever drink alcohol or ingest prescribed or illegal drugs before driving.
- If you feel tired stop the car and take a rest and some caffeine until you feel refreshed enough to drive again.
- Don't pressurise other drivers by irresponsible and dangerous driving like tailgating.
- As a passenger you can ask the driver to slow down.