As part of National Personal Safety Day the Stay Safe At Work campaign is launched alongside the results of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust retail workplace safety survey highlighting personal safety risks to workers in the retail sector.

See their pamphlet and poster highlighting the main risks to retail staff and their Charter for Workplace Safety which guides employers in steps to take to protect staff.  Also to help employers embed a culture of personal safety the Suzy’s Charter for Workplace Safety has been written.

Our Community Ambassadors recently held personal safety events in their school advising other students how to stay safe with the darker nights approaching fast.  They offered advice on staying safe during the Halloween and firework season, staying online and how to stay safe whilst cycling.  Students also completed a short survey about how safe they feel when out and about. 


Personal safety out and about
You can make yourself even less likely to be the victim of a violent crime – for example, robbery (mugging) or assault – by taking a few sensible precautions. Many are common sense, and may be things that you already do. Making yourself safer doesn't mean changing your entire lifestyle, personality or wardrobe, and it doesn't mean never going out at all.

Men and women can experience crime differently and it is important to remember this so you can protect yourself as well as possible. You should think about how you would act in different situations before you are in them. Think about whether you would stay and defend yourself (using reasonable force), risking further injury, or whether you would give an attacker what they want, to avoid injury.

There is nothing wrong with doing either, but you should think about the options – there will be no time to do so if you are attacked.

Some general points

  • You will be safest in bright, well-lit and busy areas.
  •  Try to look and act confident – look like you know where you are going and walk tall.
  • You might like to spread your valuables around your body. For example, keep your phone in your bag, your house keys in your trouser pocket and your money in your jacket.
  • If someone tries to take something from you, it may be better to let them take it rather than to get into a confrontation and risk injury.
  • You can use reasonable force in self-defence.
  • You are allowed to protect yourself with something you are carrying anyway (for example, keys or a can of deodorant), but you may not carry a weapon.
  • If you decide to defend yourself, be aware that your attacker might be stronger than you, or may take what you are using in self-defence and use it against you.
  • It is often better just to shout loudly and run away. Shout 'fire' rather than 'help' – it can get more results.
  • If you use a wheelchair, keep your things beside you rather than at the back of the chair.