The risks of walking alone
Walking alone can carry a lot of risks, especially if it’s dark or late at night. Those proven to be particularly at risk are women – we have all seen the recent news regarding the devastating killings of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa. So, we think it’s important that we talk about the ways that YOU can keep yourself safe when walking alone.
What can you do?
There are many ways in which you can contribute to keeping yourself safe if you’re due to be trekking alone.
- Always carry your phone with you and make sure it’s charged! – If you’re particularly anxious about walking alone, call someone, it will help you relax knowing that you’ve got someone you can chat to whilst you’re on your journey.
- Walk with confidence – try and avoid doing anything that makes you look nervous or intimidated (looking around frequently, walking fast, walking with your head down). Studies show that people who look confident give attackers the impression that they’re more likely to put up a fight.
- Tell people where you are and where you’re going – If something happens to you and you don’t arrive home when you’re expected to, people can start looking for you as soon as possible. And they will know where to start looking.
- Avoid wearing earphones – it’s important that you stay alert. If you’re wearing earphones, it’s easy to get distracted and be unaware of what’s going on around you.
Are there any alternative solutions?
BT has recently devised a new phone service, aimed at protecting women who feel vulnerable walking home, which is due to be up and running in December this year. However, First2HelpYou already offer a range of solutions which can be used to help keep you safe. In this instance, we think that the First2HelpYou app is the perfect solution.
About the First2HelpYou App
The app is a fully monitored, cost effective and easy to use solution that is available to download on any IOS or Android device. Users are able to leave a detailed message relating to their whereabouts and an expected arrival time at their destination. Not only this, but the app also uses the latest technology to provide an accurate GPS location of the user, so if help is needed, the appropriate emergency service can be sent to the GPS location straight away.
Our monitoring service is exceptional. We have our very own Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) which operates 365 days a year, 24 hours a day meaning we are always available should you need us. Our call handlers are all highly experienced and trained to quickly assess situations as they develop and provide support and advice, whatever the situation.
A lot of us think that because we’ve never been in a situation where we’ve needed help, that it won’t ever happen to us. But we shouldn’t think this way… it could happen to anyone. Don’t let that be you. Get in touch with one of the team today to discuss your needs in more detail. We’re also more than happy to give you any advice that you might need. Give us a call on 0333 7729401.