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Regulations for Buses Regarding Destinations

Regulations for Buses Regarding Destinations

It has become a common practice by drivers of motor-omni buses throughout the State to seldom journey to their expected final destination. Instead, these drivers make abridged (shorter) trips thus setting down their passengers who are then expected to walk the rest of their journey or pay another bus to transport them to their destination.

 

Numerous complaints in this regard have been received by passengers using the services of buses travelling the following routes – St. George – Grand Anse – Calliste, Calivigny; St. David – Grenville; St. George – Perdmontemps – Vincennes.

 

Bus drivers must be aware that the sticker on their respective buses serves as a contract between the driver of the motor omnibus and the passenger. Failure to comply with the terms of this contract makes a bus driver liable to be prosecuted.

 

Under normal circumstances the designated route of a bus is guided by the sticker affixed to the vehicle. Example the St. George-Grand Anse-Calliste route terminates on Calliste Hill and not at the Calliste junction. Similarly, the St. George-Perdmontemps-Windsor Forest-Vincennes route terminates at the junction with Dudmar/ Syracuse and Vincennes.

It is therefore mandatory that all prescribed route be completed as indicated on the sticker.

 

The law according to the Road Traffic (bus routes) Regulations speaks to the rights and responsibilities of bus owners and passengers.

It mandates a motor bus to proceed direct to its destination:

 

The 1990 Law of Grenada, Volume 1, Chapter 201, Section 46 states, “Every person driving a Motor Omnibus on a road shall after quitting any stand or garage with passengers proceed directly to the place or places included in the route of such omnibus, and shall not delay in so doing, and shall not return to the place of departure after leaving it, except on the return journey.”

 

The 2003 Road Traffic (Bus Routes) Regulations 15 (2) states, “On every trip a bus must complete its route on the return or outwards journey unless the certificate allows otherwise.”

 

Regulation 17 (1) Offences: a person who contravenes Regulation 3 and any of the provisions of Regulation 10 (1), 13, 14 and 15 commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a maximum fine of $2,500 for each offence or in default imprisonment for three (3) months.

 

The Royal Grenada Police Force calls on all bus drivers/owners who are involved in letting down passengers at destinations other than their final destination to stop this practice. Greater emphasis will be placed on measures to ensure that this important traffic regulation is observed.  We urge everyone concern to let good sense prevail and obey the law of this country.

Persons who are so affected are asked to report same to the nearest police station.

 

 
Legal Consequences of Drug use and Abuse

Legal Consequences of Drug use and Abuse

Powers of search & seizure

The Police, having reasonable grounds to suspect that any person is in possession of a Controlled Drug in contravention of the Drug Abuse Prevention & Control Act, Chapter 3 of the 1992 Revised Laws of Grenada or any regulation, may without warrant:

v Search that person and detain him for the purpose of searching him;

 

v Search any vehicle/vessel in which he suspects that drugs may be found and for that purpose require that person to stop the vehicle/vessel.

 

v Seize and detain for the purpose of any proceedings under the act anything found in the course of the search which appears to the officer to be evidence of an offence under the Act.

 

 

Definition of “Controlled Drug” – any narcotic drug e.g. cannabis, cocaine, opium, or any psychotropic substances.

 

  • The following are the offences under the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act: –

 

  • Importation or exportation of a controlled drug
  • Production or being concerned in the production of a controlled drug
  • Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug to another or being concerned in the doing of either activity by another
  • Having possession of a controlled drug
  • Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply it to another
  • Handling a controlled drug
  • Misusing a controlled drug
  • Having possession of any pipe, equipment or apparatus intended for use in connection with misuse of a controlled drug
  • Doing an act preparatory to the commission of an offence
  • Cultivation of cannabis plant, coca plant or opium poppy
  • Being the occupier or concerned in the management of the premises and permitting or suffering certain illegal activities to take place there
  • Bringing controlled drugs into Grenada in transit
  • Removing controlled drugs from conveyance by which it is brought into Grenada in transit without licence
  • Tampering with controlled drugs in transit
  • Diversion of controlled drugs without certificate
  • Trafficking in a controlled drug; offering to traffic in a controlled drug
  • Assisting another to retain the benefit of drug trafficking
  • Supplying, offering to supply or doing or offering to do an act preparatory to the supply of a substance

 

 

Mode of Prosecution

Summary: Triable by a magistrate

Indictable: Triable by judge & jury

 

On summary conviction for any of the offences mentioned above the punishment is a fine of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000), or imprisonment for five (5) years, or both.

 

On Indictable conviction for any of the offences mentioned above the punishment is a fine of five hundred thousand dollars (500,000), or imprisonment for twenty (20) years, or both, except in the case of trafficking a controlled drug, which is imprisonment for life.

 

 Laws relating to children (fourteen years and under):

 

q Having possession of a controlled drug in, or within a radius of one hundred yards of, school premises.

q Having possession of a controlled drug in, or within a radius of one hundred yards of, school premises with intent to supply it to another.

 

 

Punishment

Both offences on summary conviction carry a punishment of a fine of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000), and imprisonment for seven (7) years and an indictable punishment of Imprisonment for life.

 

 

Law Enforcement Part VIII

 

35. (1)  A member of the Police Force or other person authorized in that behalf by a general of special order of the Minister shall, for the purposes of the execution of this Act, have power to enter the premises of a person carrying on business as a producer or supplier of any controlled drugs and to demand the production of, and to inspect, any books or documents relating to dealings in any such drugs and to inspect any stocks of any such drugs.

 

     (2)  If a magistrate or justice of the peace is satisfied on information on oath that there is reasonable ground for suspecting that there is in any place or premises an article liable to seizure, he may grant a search warrant authorizing any member of the Police Force named in the warrant, at any time within one month from the date of the warrant, to enter, if need be by force, the place or premises named in the warrant and to search the place or premises and to seize and detain anything which appears to the member of the Police Force to be an article liable to seizure.

 

     (3) A person is guilty of an offence if he –

    (a) Intentionally obstructs a person in the exercise of his powers under this section; or

 

    (b) Conceals from a person acting in the exercise of his powers under subsection (1) any such books, documents, stocks or drugs as are mentioned in that subsection; or

 

    (c) Without reasonable excuse (proof of which shall lie on him) fails to produce any such books or documents as are so mentioned where their production is demanded by a person in the exercise of his powers under that subsection.

 

 

(4) In this section – “articles liable to seizure” means –

      (a) Any controlled drug in respect of which an offence is being or has been committed; any money or thing liable to forfeiture under this Act;

 

       (b) Any thing, which is or contains evidence of an offence under this Act or a corresponding law.

 

    (5) Any controlled drug in respect of which an offence under this Act is being or has been committed shall, with effect from the seizure thereof, be forfeited to the Crown (state).

 

 

Have a concern??????????

 

Call us at 1-473-440-3764 or 440-3999 ext. 114 & 140

E-Mail us @ crd@rgpf.gd 

Or visit us at Police Headquarters, Fort George, St. George’s.

  

Submitted by the Royal Grenada Police Force

 

 

The Appropriate use of Bicycle

The Appropriate use of Bicycle

The Royal Grenada Police Force in its efforts to ensure safety on our nation’s road is seeking the cooperation of cyclists in playing their part towards the accomplishment of this objective. In this regard, the RGPF is advising that bicycles must be appropriately fitted for use on the nation’s road.  The Police are concerned with the proliferation of bicycles on our streets that are not maintaining the rules as specified in law. This practice poses obvious endangerment for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists alike; particularly at nights.

 

It is the right of every cyclist as enshrined in the law to use the nation’s road. Notwithstanding, along with these rights comes responsibilities.  Therefore, it is the duty of every cyclist to familiarize his/her self with all applicable traffic laws and cycling rules.  Cyclists who use the roadways lawfully, respectfully and responsibly are more likely to be given due consideration by other users of the road.

It is in this regard, that the Royal Grenada Police Force wishes to remind cyclists of the following provisions applicable to the use of bicycle in accordance with the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Regulations Chapter 201, Volume 9 Section 81 subsection 3:

  1. No bicyclist shall carry any parcel or other package so as to interfere in any way with his control of the bicycle;
  2. Every bicycle shall have two brakes, operating on independent wheels, which shall be in proper working order;
  3. No bicycle shall be ridden on any footway reserve by any existing law for exclusive use of pedestrians;
  4. One person only shall ride on a bicycle;
  5. No bicyclist shall ride furiously or without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road;
  6. All bicyclist shall, when turning a corner to the right, keep well over on the left of the road so as to make a quarter circle which, when complete, will bring them on the left side of the road into which they turn;
  7. In turning corners bicyclists shall moderate the pace at which they are travelling;
  8. Every rider of a bicycle shall carry a bell or horn in proper working order fixed to his machine, and shall sound the same loudly and, if necessary, continuously, when approaching a corner of a street or road or moving towards or in a crowd, and when within twenty yards from, and before taking any vehicle or person riding or any animal or bicycle.

 

Further, subsection 5 of the said regulation states:

  • All bicycles must be fitted with the appropriate lights.  Bicyclists must follow all traffic signals and traffic light signals.  Bicyclist should not run stop signs and red lights, should not block the traffic and should wear helmet regardless of the distance they are cycling.

Additionally, riders are required by the said section of law to have their bicycle licensed for use on the street. The following procedures can be followed in order to obtain a license:

  • Visit the nearest Police Station and have a Police Officer carry out an inspection on the bicycle.
  • The bicycle must be outfitted with appropriate lights, bell, and tyres; the serial will also be required.
  • Provided that you meet the requirements you will be issued with a form that you will be required to take to the Revenue Office where you will be required to pay the appropriate fee.
  • The receipt from the Revenue office should be kept in your possession when riding per adventure should it be requested by a Police Officer at anytime.

While our ultimate intention is to educate road users and minimize risks, it is necessary that persons be made aware of the legal consequences of failing to adhere to the expectations required by law.

Section 81 of Chapter 201 Volume IX of the 1994 Revised Laws of Grenada makes it an offence for persons to use a bicycle in a manner other than what is indicated above.

Section 113 gives the Police the autonomy to arrest offenders while Section 111 requires offenders upon being found guilty to pay a fine of five hundred dollars and liable to an imprisonment term of three months.

Having brought this to attention of the public; cyclists must be mindful that the law must be obeyed and upheld at all times.  Therefore, it is in this regard that the Royal Grenada police force is appealing to Cyclists to operate within the laws; thereby making the road a safer place for motorists, pedestrians and cyclist  and the general public alike.

 

 

Have a concern??????????

 

 Call us at 1-473-440-3764 or 440-3999 ext. 114 & 140

E-Mail us @ crd@rgpf.gd / rgpfpro@hotmail.com

 

Or visit us at Police Headquarters, Fort George, St. George’s.

 

Submitted by the Royal Grenada Police Force

 

Pedestrian and their dress code at night

Pedestrian and their dress code at night

It has been observed by the Royal Grenada Police Force that many pedestrians are putting themselves at risk at nights on the nation’s roads. Motorists are complaining about the way pedestrians dress at night and thus create problems for the motoring public.

At times pedestrians will ordain themselves with very dark coloured clothing, making it difficult for drivers to see them from a distance; that should allow the driver to approach with caution. Motorist sometimes drive right up to a pedestrian before they can see them and having the driver of that vehicle to swerve hard to the opposite side of the road to avoid colliding with that pedestrian. That, in and of itself, can create accident with vehicles traveling from the opposite direction. As pedestrians using the nation’s road way, take into consideration the lighting condition, how narrow most of the roads are, curves at short intervals and you the pedestrian dressing in dark clothing makes it very dangerous for yourself and drivers alike.

 

With this in mind the Royal Grenada Police Force takes this opportunity to remind you that when using our nation’s roads, especially at night, make it easier for motorist to see you and take cautionary measures when approaching you the pedestrian.

 

Careful consideration must be given to your safety and that of other road users. When dressing to go out at night it is advisable that you wear colours that can be easily seen by motorist and other road users or part of your clothing that would illuminate when light reflect on it.

 

The law of Grenada did not say how to dress at night but speak to our responsibility in using our nation’s roads. Drivers have to satisfy a certain condition before being granted a licence; those conditions still remains in effect please apply them when driving. Avoid speeding, reckless and dangerous driving, look out for those who are not looking out for themselves, and most of all ‘be responsible’.

 

The Royal Grenada Police Force stands ready to enforce the law to its fullest extent against those who contravene the law and use our roads as they please. When persons are injured or lives are lost due to accidents, it is very costly and painful not only to the victims involved but to families and communities because they are also affected.

 

TOGETHER LET’S KEEP THE NATION’S ROADWAY SAFE!!!

Parking and the Law

Parking and the Law

While travelling through our streets persons are faced with constant and unbearable traffic congestion especially in and around the town of St. George and one major reason for this are because many drivers fail to adhere to the laws as it relates to parking.

The 1990 Laws of Grenada Chapter 201 volume 9 states “a Parked Vehicle means a vehicle left stationary by the driver or person in charge thereof in any place elsewhere than in a garage.” Many of our drivers are in violation of the parking laws, causing problems to law abiding citizens, the police and the pedestrian. Vehicles can be seen parked on pedestrian parking, no parking signs, around corners, on bus stop, sidewalks, drive ways, intersection etc. Violators are sometimes unsure as to the legal explanations as it relates to parking violations, however the law states as follows:

“Standing Vehicle” means a public service vehicle or other passenger vehicle remaining stationary for a purpose of setting down or taking up passenger;

“Stationary Vehicle” means a vehicle remaining stationary for whatever cause or purpose upon any street or public place;

“Waiting Vehicle” means a passenger vehicle waiting on any street or public place while a call of short duration is being made by the occupants or by anyone of them at nearby premises;

 

These are some signs you may observe that are applicable to our No Parking laws:

 

Provisions regarding parking, no entry, one way traffic and bus stop of the 1993 Revised Laws of Grenada Volume 1 Chapter 5 section 77(1) states “if any person parks or leaves a motor vehicle at a place or in a manner or at a time prohibited by order made by the commissioner of police and published in the gazette and at least one local newspaper, he commits an offence”.

 

Persons who commits such an offence is liable to stand the consequences as provided by the understated section of the law, Section 77 (6) “any person who violates any provision of this section or of any order made by the Commissioner of Police under this section commits an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of one thousand five hundred dollars or to imprisonment for twelve months or to both such fine and imprisonment.”

 

The following section seeks to provide clarity for the persons who park their vehicle in no parking areas, pedestrian crossing and other places where there are signs, marks or any instruction against such actions and leave the vehicle there with the hope that absence will avoid a penalty or notice.

The 1994 Revised Laws of Grenada Volume 1 Chapter 5 section 98 subsections (1, 2, 3 & 4) Road Traffic Act, 1993 states ‘members of police force may give or affix  notice’

98 (1) ‘where a member of the police force of or above such rank as may from time to time be prescribed by the Commissioner of Police has reason to believe that an offence in relation to road traffic offences has been or is being committed with or in respect of a motor vehicle, it shall be lawful for him to give to the driver of that vehicle a notice charging him with the commission of such offence and notifying him that a complaint will be made against him in respect thereof and requiring him either to pay the fixed penalty within the time specified in the notice or to appear at the court specified in the notice on the day and at the hour stated therein to answer the said complaint.

98 (2) subject to this section, where a member of the Police Force of or above such rank as may from time to time be prescribed by the commissioner of police has reason to believe that an offence in relation to road, traffic offence is being or has been committed with or in respect of a motor vehicle, he may affix the notice referred to in subsection (1) to any part of-the vehicle where the notice may easily be seen.

98 (3) a notice affixed under subsection (2) shall for the purpose of this act be deemed to have been given to the person liable for the offence, and notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the registered owner of a vehicle shall, for the purpose of the proceedings institute by the notice be presumed to be the person liable for the offence.

98 (7) the reference in subsection (2) to the affixing of a notice to any part of a vehicle includes putting the notice inside the vehicle wherever possible. The misuse of the bus stop must be reiterated; drivers who park their buses on the bus stop to importune passengers and so obstruct the traffic must refrain from doing so. Not only is obstruction an offence, but importuning is also an offence so too is parking on a bus stop.

 

The Royal Grenada Police Force as its motto states “will protect and serve”, serve the pedestrians and other road users as well as prosecute perpetrators of the law. We therefore take this opportunity to remind you that road safety is of paramount importance to all, this is why we are providing you with the information you need to provide clarity and so to free persons from ignorance of the law.

Pregnancy and Safety

Pregnancy and Safety

While many believe that expectant or pregnant mothers should not wear seat belts, because the pressure of a seat belt on the abdomen might hurt the unborn baby, this can be proven to be far from the truth. Many expectant/pregnant women, drivers and passengers do not wear seat belts and their reasons are because of discomfort, fear of harm to unborn, forgetfulness or habitual non-use; this may mean that the benefit of wearing seat belt is misunderstood.

 

Seat belts were designed to protect you not to harm you. Seat belt is a harness designed to hold in place the occupant of a vehicle and protect them against harmful movement that may result from a collision or a sudden stop. It is intended to reduce injuries by stopping the wearer from hitting hard interior elements of the vehicle and also preventing the event of one being thrown from the vehicle. An expectant mother can best protect herself and her unborn by wearing a seat belt at all times. However the correct positioning of the seatbelt is of paramount importance. The proper use of the seat belt requires the user to place the lap belt under your abdomen, as low on your hips as possible and under your upper thighs, position the shoulder belt across the collar bone and lay between the breast it should never be placed on or above the belly adjust sitting position so it does not be resting or cutting into your neck, never put shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm. The belt should be placed as tight and as comfortable as possible in that way sudden impact will not be felt because movement will be restricted and the body will absorb the force.

 

Be reminded also that it is illegal not wearing seat-belt unless you have a current certificate signed by a medical practitioner exempting you due to medical reasons. All pregnant women must wear seat belts by law when travelling in a motor vehicle, pregnancy in itself does not automatically provide exemption from the law. Always remember safety comes first, by wearing seat belt you can protect yourself, your unborn child and others.

Remember the saying “BUCKLE UP TO ARRIVE ALIVE”

 

The Use of Obscene Language

The Use of Obscene Language

obsenceIt is disturbing that in our society today the standard, customs, norms and values are so vastly declining, that the use of obscenities has become commonplace or platitude. It is like a trait or ordinary expressions. It is prevalent and predominant in everyday conversation in many different contexts and circumstances, and time and place by persons of all strata and age; a significant decline in our social etiquette and morals.

 

The use of these words may once caused affront and alarm, but the limits to what words may be used in conversation without social stigma and disgrace have greatly expanded and obscene language is used predominantly with gross or blatant disregard for the discomfort, distress, upset and annoyance it cause to others, or even the criticism and rebuke the speaker or user receive. The indecent, repulsive, lewd, depraved, abominable immodest or disgusting nature in which these words are used create grave annoyance to many. Not only is the use of obscene language, which has bombarded our society, a break down in our norms, customs and values but it is also an offence for which person can be arrested and face criminal prosecution.

 

The 1994 Revised Laws Of Grenada, Chapter 1 Volume 1 Section 133 (B) states, “whoever makes use of any threatening, abusive, insulting, obscene, or profane Language, or Sings any insulting or offensive song or ballad, to the annoyance of any person in any place; shall be liable to imprisonment for three months, or to a fine of one thousand dollars, or to both.”

 

The Royal Grenada Police Force in its endeavour to protect and serve all citizens and bring peace, prosperity and harmony in our society and so reduce crime, reduce fear of crime and improve community’s safety, will enforce the law and bring perpetrators of the law to justice and so reduce its habitual use.

 

The RGPF takes this opportunity to inform and educate the public of the laws, bearing in mind that ‘ignorance of the law’ is inexcusable/no excuse. We urge persons to take responsibility for their actions, practice self respect, self discipline and diplomacy. The use of obscene language, which is now being used as if conventional, is annoying to persons, a breakdown in morals and a breach of the law and it is inappropriate, disrespectful and lacking in character and purpose and serves no basis in conversation.foullanguage

 

The conception that the use of these obscene language create fear or approbate result is totally unrealistic and unfounded, these epithets or utterances are offensive to modesty and decency.

 

Obscene Language is prohibited regardless where it is used or who it annoys; whether it invades the privacy of the home, or used in the street, school, vehicles or elsewhere and of such due consideration should be given to one’s choice of words, the feeling or annoyance it cause others and most importantly the breach of law of the land.

Joggers Safety

Joggers Safety

Jogging or running is often seen by many health activist as a common way of getting some fresh air, burning calories, losing weight and general body maintenance, improving general health such as reduction in bone loss and controlling High Blood Pressure among others. This practice is mainly done on our nation’s roads. However, motorists are constantly complaining of the problems faced with joggers and runners, especially when these activities are done in the night.jogger

 

One complaint is that persons do not pay attention to on-coming traffic while jogging. When jogging or running one should pay attention at all times, keep your ears attuned to the street noise that surrounds you; whether it is a barking dog, on-coming vehicle or rumbling engine, footsteps or honking horn. It is a common practice for many joggers while jogging along the road to listen to their favourite song on an iPod or radio or have a good conversation on our cellular phone with a friend which may make the walk less lonely and more enjoyable, it also make it more dangerous because these activities will cause you to be less focus on your safety.

 

You must remember always run or jog on the side where you are facing oncoming traffic, drivers seems to habitually forget pedestrians. Where traffic is visible to you, you are visible to them, in that way you can see potential danger and take quick action as opposed to travelling on the side where on-coming vehicles are behind you. Cross the road with caution, remind yourself of the safety rules you learnt as a child.

 

Another complaint is that persons do not wear suitable clothing; this does not relate to style but colour. If you must run or jog at night or poor daylight condition, help other road users to see you. Wear or carry something light coloured fluorescent or use reflective materials for better visibility and when jogging or running in full day light wear bright coloured clothes, this will help you stand out against the background, e.g. armband, waistcoats sashes and jacket which can be seen by drivers using headlights. During dusk or dawn it is more difficult for drivers to see you. Jogging or running in dusk or dawn when you may be less noticeable is especially problematic despite the fact that it may be more convenient to jog or run before or after work. It is very important when jogging or running that one put safety first. Though it is a healthy practice it can also be very hazardous if one fails to take the necessary precautions.

Regulations Regarding Destinations

Regulations Regarding Destinations

There is a growing concern among passengers in Grenada particularly the ones that travel the St. George – Grand Anse – Calliste, Calivigny – St. David – Grenville, St. George -Perdmontemps -Vincennes routes. The drivers of the buses plying these routes seldom journey to their expected destination, but making abridged (shorter) trips, thus disembarking passengers who are then expected to walk the rest of their journey or pay another bus to transport them to their destination.

 

Bus drivers must be aware that the bus sticker indicating its route serves as a contract between them and the passenger and that failure to comply with the terms of this contract make them liable to be prosecuted. Drivers/bus owner be informed, the St. George – Grand Anse – Calliste route terminates on Calliste Hill and not at the Calliste Junction. Similarly the St. George – Perdmontemps – Windsor Forest-Vincennes route terminates at Vincennes. It is therefore mandatory that all prescribed route be completed as indicated on the sticker. These quotes from the laws as it relates to Road Traffic (bus routes) Regulations will enlighten bus owners and passengers of their rights and responsibilities.buses

 

Motor bus to proceed direct to destination:

The 1990 Law of Grenada, Volume 1, Chapter 201, Section 46 states, “Every person driving a Motor Omnibus on a road shall after quitting any stand or garage with passengers proceed directly to the place or places included in the route of such omnibus, and shall not delay in so doing, and shall not return to the place of departure after leaving it, except on the return journey.”

 

The 2003 Road Traffic (Bus Routes) Regulations 15 (2) states, “on every trip a bus must complete its route on the return or outwards journey unless the certificate allows otherwise.”

 

Regulation 17 (1) Offences: “a person who contravenes Regulation 3 and any of the provisions of Regulation 10 (1), 13, 14 and 15 commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a maximum fine of $2,500 for each offence or in default imprisonment for three (3) months.”

 

Bus drivers/owners who are involved in this practice should cease. The duty of the Royal Grenada Police Force is to protect and serve and therefore will place great emphasis on measures to ensure that this important traffic regulation is observed. Our responsibility is to ensure the safety and protection of the nation’s people. We therefore urge everyone concerned to let good sense prevail and obey the law of this country.

Personal Safety

Personal Safety

Personal Safety Tips

Many of the problems incurred due to crime and other offences can be prevented or immensely decreased. One can increase their personal safety by just trusting their instincts. If you suspect something is wrong or if a situation seems dangerous you may be right. Don’t dismiss suspicious people, cars, or situations; report them immediately. You avoid dangerous situation by using your best judgment about where to go and what you do, work with law enforcement officers, since people working together can prevent and solve many crimes.

 

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You can protect yourself at home by taking precautions and putting a few of’ these tips into use:

Lights: Leave at least one light on, inside and outside when you are not home.

Unwanted calls: Don’t give out personal information, such as your name or address. If you have an answering machine, use it to screen unwanted calls. Notify the police or telephone company of threatening or harassing calls.

Locks: Buy high-quality deadbolts. Be sure any door and window with locks can be opened quickly in case of fire.

Strangers: Don’t open the door for strangers, especially at night. Have some way of peeping first. Beware of unexpected repair person or service provider.

Neighbourhood friends: Watch other houses and let neighbours know of anything that is suspicious. Offer your phone number to neighbour for emergency use and ask if you can use theirs when necessary. Keep in touch with your neighbours.

At home: If you think someone is inside your home don’t go in, call the police from a cellular or nearby phone.

 

On the street:

  • Avoid flashy clothes and jewelry because these can attract unwanted attention.
  • Dress so you can walk or run easily in case of an attack.
  • Walk with someone if possible. If you must walk alone, walk confidently. Stay alert to those around you or go into a public place if you need to ask for direction; don’t ask someone you do not know.
  • Avoid isolated areas.
  • Avoid short cuts.
  • Protect your valuables by carrying only what you need. Carry necessary valuables close to your body; don’t set them down.
  • Carry a wallet in a front or inside pocket, instead of a purse. If you carry a purse, hold it close to your body.
  • If you are being followed act suspicious, turn to look at the person, this will let them know you would not be taken by surprise.
  • If you are being followed on foot, cross the street and vary your pace.
  • If you are being followed by some one in a vehicle turn and walk in the opposite direction.

 

In a car:

  • Keep doors locked and windows rolled up in traffic.
  • Always lock your car.
  • When parking your car, park in areas that will be well lit when you return.
  • Before getting in the car check the back seat and around the car to see if anyone is hiding.
  • Keep any valuables or items you wish to leave in your vehicle out of sight, never on the seat.

 

Public transport:

  • When waiting for bus always stay in well lit areas, and near other people.
  • Stay alert! If you are being bothered, make noise.

 

In any situation your goal is to get away safely so stay alert and evaluate the situation make sure to look around to see if help is available, what state of mind your attacker is in, if your attacker wants your valuables give them up; your valuables can be replaced, your life can’t. You are the only person who can decide the best response in an emergency situation but do what comes naturally and do it immediately.

 

On Dates:

Most rape victims are raped by someone they know and this often happens on dates, you should:

  • Know the person you are going out with well.
  • Meet in public places not isolated areas.
  • Arrange your own transportation.
  • Make your limits clear before you get into a sexual situation.
  • Avoid alcohol and other drugs; they make it harder to stay in control.
  • Don’t leave your drink alone or drink something you did not get or open for yourself. Date rape drugs can be slipped in your drink and can leave you vulnerable.
  • Keep emergency numbers on a list in your wallet or purse.
  • Stay alert; remember time, the person’s appearance: height, weight, clothing, scars, hair etc.
  • Remember the make of the car, colour and especially licence plate number. Write information down as soon as possible
  • If you are raped contact the police and get medical attention immediately.
  • Preserve evidence; do not shower, douche, or change clothes until you had a medical exam
  • Press charges and assist in the prosecution of the criminal.

 

Children should be thought these tips for their protection:

  • Don’t play alone or in isolated areas.
  • Know your name, your parent’s names, address and phone numbers.
  • Don’t go with anyone you don’t know well.
  • Learn to say no, especially to uncomfortable touches.
  • Don’t open the door to anyone you don’t know well.
  • Don’t tell anyone you are home alone
  • Learn how to call for help in emergency

 

Walking with a weapon is never the best solution to prevent crime and offences, because these weapons can be turned on you, stay alert, take the necessary precautions and work with law enforcement officers to prevent and solve crimes.