By Team RESOLVEit Feb 28th, 2019
Going out for a stroll or walking the dog is an enjoyable experience and great exercise. Across the news of late there have been incidents where individuals have been attacked or felt threatened whilst enjoying these day to day activities
An incident recently occurred where a woman was out playing with her dog in the park of an evening and followed back to her car by a group of men leaving her feeling threatened and 'like she was going to die'. Nobody should feel like this.
This incident which took place in Swansea has left her feeling like she doesn't want to leave the house 'it's made me not want to go out, but I am not going to hide away, I just won't go out on my own anymore'.
Earlier this week a man was attacked whilst out walking his dogs in North Wales along a footpath adjacent to Borth Wild Animal Kingdom. A man has been arrested.
Full article here: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-47401375
The senior investigating officer of Dyfed-Powys Police on this case said 'he understood it was a concerning incident for residents and encouraged them to speak to officers located in the area if they were worried.
Nobody should be fearful to leave their home and everyone has the right to feel safe. We at RESOLVEit have put together some safety tips to help stay mindful whilst out and about;
* Where possible let someone know where you are going. Give someone a call or text, let them know your travel plans, route and time of arrival. You want to make sure if something was to happen someone knows where to start looking or when they should be worried if you haven't 'checked in' with them.
* Park close to your destination, in a well lit area.
* Reverse into your space, should you come into any danger it is easier to get away in a hurry.
* Always have your keys to hand so you are not fumbling through your bag or pockets to find them.
*Walk with confidence and with purpose- Keep your head up and don't be afraid to make eye contact with those you pass. Walk at a steady pace, facing traffic to keep visible.
* If you get lost don't just wander around - head to a public place that has people get directions and carry on your way.
* Stay alert and avoid distractions, be aware of where you are and what is going on around you. Do not wear headphones or listen to music whilst walking alone.
*Don't text , browse the internet / social medias whilst walking. If you need to call someone- do so and talk to them whilst you walk but be alert of your surroundings ,it;s the best way to avoid dangerous situations.
*If you feel you're being followed, turn around and acknowledge they are there. Let the person know you're aware of their presence, you don't have to confront them. Do not head back to your vehicle or house head to a public area like a store, restaurant or police station and find someone to help you.
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