Out and about
"MP3 players are the latest in mobile music technology, but think carefully about using them in public."
- When carrying a bag, keep it close to you with the clasp facing inwards. You may consider spreading valuables around your person - for example place your house keys in your trouser pocket, mobile phone in your bag, and money in your jacket.
- If someone attempts to take something from you, it may be best to let them take it rather than risk confrontation or injury.
- Defending yourself if you are attacked carries its own risks - be aware that your attacker may be stronger than you are, or if you are using something in self-defence, they could use that against you. It is often better just to shout loudly and run away.
- Don’t advertise valuables such as your mobile phone, laptop, jewellery or mp3 player. Keep these items hidden.
- If you regularly jog or cycle, consider varying your route and times you go out, particularly if you go alone. Try to avoid wooded areas and stick to well-lit roads, or main paths and open spaces. To ensure you stay fully alert to your surroundings, you should not listen to a personal stereo through headphones.