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Personal Safety - General Information

Personal Safety is a very important issue for students during the college term. We often assume that we will be safe when we are in fact taking huge risks. A once-off moment of carelessness could bring with it emotional scars that will last a life time.

Personal Safety: Reduce Your Risk : What Should You Do To Prevent Assault?

  • When travelling on foot, use busy routes and well-lit walkways-avoid isolated and darkened areas.
  • Inform another trusted party of your intended destination, mode of transport and expected arrival time.
  • Walk facing traffic so that vehicles cannot approach you from behind without you being aware of their presence.
  • Do not display obvious valuables on your person, jewellery, handbags, mobile phones, etc. unless completely necessary.
  • Carry only the amount of cash that you require- credit cards, bank pass books should be kept securely out of sight and not in hip pockets.
  • If you think you are being followed, go to the nearest place where there are people and lights, even a private house and ring the Gardaí.
  • If a car appears to be following you, turn and walk in the opposite direction or walk on the other side of the street.
  • If you are in trouble or feel you are in danger, don't be afraid to attract help any way you can. Scream, yell or run away to safety.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk confidently, directly, at a steady pace. Walk close to the curb. Avoid doorways, bushes and alleys where rapists can hide.
  • Be careful when people stop you for directions or money. Always reply from a distance and never get too close to the car.

For more information on Personal Safety log on to the Garda Crime Prevention Advice Website at:



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