The chances that you will become a victim of violent crime are low. Violent crimes are still comparatively rare and account for a very small part of recorded crime. Nevertheless, many people are frightened that they, or someone close to them, will be the victim of a violent attack.
The best way to minimise the risk of attack is by taking sensible precautions. Most people already do this as part of their everyday lives, often without realising it. You may already be aware of some of the suggestions listed below, but some may be new to you, and you may find them useful. They seem particularly relevant to women, but if you are a man, don't stop reading or turn the page. You can act positively to contribute towards women's safety, as well as reducing the risk of assault yourself.
Walk facing the traffic so a car
cannot pull up behind you.
Never reveal any information about
yourself to a stranger, and never
say you are alone.