“coming out” explained
Be it midday on the main street or midnight in the middle of nowhere your personal safety is very important and how you look after it can mean the difference between getting home safely and a trip to the hospital or worse:
When walking / running:
- Avoid walking or running alone at night. Instead, go walking or jogging with a friend.
- Walk and park in well-lit, populated areas away from alleys, bushes and entry ways.
- Walk confidently, directly and at a steady pace.
- Walk on the side of the street or road facing traffic.
- Don’t hitchhike and only accept lifts from people you know well.
- Don’t use headphoneswhile walking, driving or jogging.
- Avoid the use of short cuts.
- After dark, keep away from large bushes or doorways where someone could be lurking.
- Always be aware of your surroundingsand if you see any odd behaviour don’t dismiss it, go with your instinct. You may feel a little silly at the time, but it could be worth it in the long run.
- If you suspect that someone is following behind you on a street or with you in a lift, look them in the face and ask them a question like what time is it, or make general small talk. This way you see the person’s face and could identify them in a line-up.
- If someone in a vehicle stops and asks for directions, answer from a distance. Do not approach the vehicle.
- If followed, go immediately to an area with lights and people. If needed, turn around and walk in the opposite direction, your follower will also have to reverse.
- Wear reflective clothing.