Northamptonshire Police is urging people to step up safety advice – as dark nights get longer over winter.
They’re advising people to plan ahead – tell someone where they’re going – and keep valuables well hidden.
Top tips include:
Plan ahead before you go out. Know where you’re going, how you’ll get there, and how you’ll get back. Let someone know where you’re going, and be prepared for a change of plan.
Keep your purse or wallet and keys close and secure. Only take out essential items, and if you can leave valuables at home, do.
When you’re out, always walk with purpose, and stick to well-lit, busy areas, using the route you know best.
Don’t be tempted to take short cuts that require you to stray from busy areas.
Avoid quiet or badly-let alleyways, subways or isolated car parks. Walk down the middle of the pavement if the street is deserted.
Remain aware of your surroundings – don’t walk along texting, making a phone call or listening to music. As well as being distracting, this advertises your valuable to criminals.
Be a good friend and stay safe by sticking together. Encourage each other to avoid walking alone at night.
If you regularly walk home in the dark, get a personal attack alarm approved by Sold Secure – they are widely available and inexpensive.