(COMMON SENSE) Personal Safety

Mike Moyer
Regional District of North Okanagan

With recent media articles around personal safety, I wanted to share a few simple precautions. You can reduce the risk to yourself and discourage those who commit crimes.

Personal Safety

  • Be alert and aware of the people around you; be mindful of persons loitering or acting suspiciously.
  • Educate yourself concerning prevention tactics.
  • Take a self-defense course.
  • Be aware of your location and situation, such as alleys and dark parking lots.
  • Inform others when and where you are going and check in with them when you reach your destination.
  • Have your keys ready upon approaching your parked vehicle.
  • If you suspect you are being followed, go to the nearest well-lit place or populated area, and yell, if necessary, to attract attention.
  • When taking public transit alone, avoid waiting or getting off at isolated stations/stops. Arrange for a family member or friend to escort you to and from the station.
  • Do not hitch-hike or pick up hitch-hikers. Once trapped inside the vehicle, it is difficult to escape or call for assistance.

Street Precautions

  • Be alert to your surroundings—especially if you are alone or out after dark.
  • Whenever possible, travel with a friend(s).
  • Stay in well-lighted areas.
  • Walk close to the curb.  Avoid objects, bushes and doorways where someone could hide.
  • Walk confidently at a steady pace with purpose.
  • Make eye contact with people when walking towards them.
  • Do not respond to conversation from strangers on the street—keep walking.
  • If you carry a purse, carry it securely between your arm and your body.
  • Do not use or wear anything that will limit your vision or hearing.
  • Depending on your circumstances, making a phone call or starting a video may help you avoid a confrontation.

In Public

  • Always keep your personal information secure.
  • Do not display large amounts of money in public.
  • Be aware of scams in case a stranger approaches you under pretenses. Avoid giving your name, address, and place of employment.
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