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Bromley Police safety tips help residents stay 'StreetsAhead'

PUBLISHED: 15:16 16 October 2013 | UPDATED: 15:16 16 October 2013

A campaign to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime was launched as part of National Personal Safety Day on Monday.

The annual initiative, run by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, is this year called ‘StreetsAhead’, with officers in Bromley highlighting simple and practical measures people can take to stay safe.

Det Ch Insp Andy Furphy, of Bromley Police, said: “Whilst the risk of being a victim of crime cannot be eliminated however careful you are, there are a number of things you can do to reduce that risk, such as being aware of your surroundings, and sticking to routes that are busy and well-lit.”

Tips to help reduce crime include:

• Consider where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. Is the route you’re planning busy and well lit? Can you avoid any high risk spots, such as quiet or badly-lit alleyways, subways or isolated car parks?

• Trust your instincts. If you think you’re being followed, take action. Cross the road, turning to see who is behind you. If you’re still being followed, keep moving and make for a safe place.

• Avoid wearing earphones or chatting/texting on your mobile phone when walking down the street, as this will distract you from your surroundings and could prevent you from hearing danger approaching.

• Don’t let fear of crime stop you from getting out and about. Taking precautions to minimise any risks will not only make you safer, it should also make you feel safer and give you more confidence when out on the streets.

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