Bermuda Women - Safety Advice from Police

 
In view of reported sexual assaults on women in Bermuda, the police has issued safety advice for all, particularly for women in Bermuda. Following these recommendations will help reduce one's chances of becoming a victim of crime. Additional information can be found under the Security Advice for Women section of the Bermuda Police Service website. 
 
Safety recommendations 
 
1) If possible, always carry a cell phone, a small flashlight and some kind of warning device. Consider purchasing a Personal Attack Alarm (P.A.A.). These are quite inexpensive and easy to use. You should keep it in a place so that it's easily accessible. The alarms can also be worn with straps or can be clipped to the belt. There are sports models also available for athletes. 
 
 
 
2) If you think you are being followed, make it obvious to the person following you that you know about it. Walk towards a group of people, cross the road and/or take a different street. Never hesitate to make plenty of noise if you need to - shout as loud as you can or use your P.A.A. Your personal safety is most important here. 
 
Some more important points to consider: 
 
  • Plan your trip or night out in advance. Make sure that someone knows where you are going and what time you will be home. 
  • Arrange your journey to and from home. 
  • When going to a pub, club or party avoid going alone. Friends can watch out for each other. 
  • Try to appoint a nominated drinks-watcher. Remember, alcohol does affect your actions and your reactions as well as your ability to be alert. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings and stay away from situations that you do not feel comfortable with. 
  • Avoid using bank ATM machines when alone or at night to withdraw large sums of cash. Be wary of strangers who may be standing close by. 
  • Walk with a companion if at all possible. Generally attackers do not want to confront more than one person. 
  • If you need to walk alone, either early in the morning or late at night, stay alert. Devices such as I-Pods can easily distract you and limit your ability to stay alert. 
  • Try to choose your routes with care and travel on well-lit streets. Avoid setting patterns by altering times and routes whenever possible. 
  • Don't take shortcuts through isolated areas. 
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