British transport police who are responsible for the safety and security of our public on our railways have reported that trains are the safest form of travel in Britain. That being said the British Transport Police report that 1,448 offences were reported in 2016-17, up from 650 in 2012-2013. The statistics, which covers the national rail network and London’s Underground system shows the majority of the incidents were sexual assaults on females aged 13 and above.
It will come as no surprise then that Self defence experts have seen a rise in women wanting to protect themselves. Women want to know simple tricks for fending off unwanted gropes from a colleague right up to escaping a sex attacker.
Here at NVC Awareness we believe in trying to prevent the situation rather than focusing on the physical violence and whilst this might seem like we are teaching you to suck eggs we forget that many of the things we do without thinking could put our safety at risk.
Here are some basic but essential tips for staying safe
- Plan your journey before you travel to avoid looking vulnerable.
- Make sure that someone knows when and where you are travelling, carry a mobile.
- Keep your belongings close to you and keep valuables out of sight
- When you enter the train choose a carriage where you feel comfortable and be aware of the location of the emergency alarms in case you need to use them.
- Walk/jog facing the oncoming traffic
- Drink alcohol in moderation when travelling, you need to be aware of your surroundings
- If you are parking your car at the train station, try and make sure that the parking area is close to the exit or that the parking is in a well-lit area
- If you take a taxi from the station, make sure that it is a reputable licensed taxi
- If taking your phone use Life360 (or comparable) app
- Wear some form of fluorescent clothing/markers
- Jog with a buddy or in a group.
- Jog/Walk in well-lit and populated areas.
- Avoid jogging/walking in unknown or isolated areas.
- Avoid late night walks/jogs.
- If early morning or late-night walks/jogs cannot be avoided travel in well lit, public areas.
- Communicate to family members or friends your path, and expected time of return.
- Avoid headphones. Listen, Be aware.
- Mix up the time of your walks/jogs and the path of travel.
- Trust your instincts.