National Personal Safety Day is an annual event aimed at highlighting some of the simple, practical measures that people can take to stay safe, whether at home or out in public.
This year’s awareness campaign is called StreetsAhead, which focuses on how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of violence or aggression when out on the streets.
To support this, Greater Manchester Police and Bolton Council have joined forces to organise a large marquee in Bolton’s Victoria Square on Monday October 14, which will host a selection of stalls and events that promote the personal safety theme.
Attending will be representatives of the Every Action Has Consequences campaign, which educates people on the serious consequences of violence, the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, whose Enough Is Enough campaign raises awareness of homophobic violence, and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which challenges prejudice towards people from alternative subcultures.
Bolton’s I’m Not Laughing campaign, which aims to put a stop to disability hate crime across the borough, will also be represented, and other local groups attending include the Castle Hill Police Boxing Club, the AFC Masters disabled football team, and the 8th Bolton East Scout Group, who will provide light refreshments.
Posters will be displayed around the town to publicise the event in advance, and police will hand out safety tips, personal alarms and purse bells on the day. Themed messages will also be sent out through social media on Twitter.
Chief Inspector Carol Martin of Greater Manchester Police’s Bolton Division said: “We’re taking part in this national initiative because it’s a great way of raising the profile of personal safety in the borough. Police officers sometimes deal with crimes where victims could have avoided being subjected to violence or aggression on the streets if they had shown a little more care and foresight, and we hope this event will increase people’s awareness of how to stay safe.”
Councillor Derek Burrows, Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Police, said: “We are pleased to be working with the police and other organisations to highlight the important issue of personal safety across Bolton. A number of our council workers work on their own and we always put procedures in place to ensure their safety. We would like to urge Bolton residents to take steps to ensure their own safety, both at work and in their own lives.”
Rachel Griffin of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust added: “While risk levels vary from one area to another, there are some basic safety tips that anyone can use to help improve their safety, no matter where they are. For example, staying alert on the street could help you to see potential danger approaching in time to take action to avoid it.”
For more information about National Personal Safety Day and the StreetsAhead campaign visit www.nationalpersonalsafetyday.co.uk
For non-emergency calls or to report a crime call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.