Although the chances of becoming a victim of violent crime in Tunbridge Wells are extremely low, you can further reduce the chances of becoming a victim by taking a few simple precautions;
- Stick to well lit and busy areas, particularly at night - avoid shortcuts through isolated areas
- Avoid travelling alone at night and plan your route before you go
- Let others know where you're going and when you'll be home
- Look and act confidently - look like you know where you are going, 'walk tall'
- If possible, spread your valuables around your person. For example, keep your phone in a bag, your house keys in a pocket and your money in a zipped coat pocket
- Try not to show off the valuables you’re carrying - for example talking on your mobile
- If you use a wheelchair, keep your belongings beside you rather than at the back of your chair
- Stay alert to what's going on around you. For example, don't listen to MP3 players through headphones
If someone tries to take something from you, it may be best to let them take it rather than get into a confrontation and risk being hurt.
If you choose to, you are allowed by law to use reasonable force in self-defence
It is often better to shout loudly and run away. Personal alarms which send out a high pitched sound alerting people that you are in danger are available to buy either online or at one of the CSUs Mobile Police Station deployments.