We all want a happy and safe Pride.
To make sure this happens we need to look out for ourselves and each other.
It takes three things for a violent or aggressive incident to happen – a victim, a perpetrator and an opportunity. By taking some suitable safety precautions, you can reduce the opportunities and therefore the risk of becoming a victim.
Plan ahead. Before you go out, think about how you are going to get home, e.g. Can you travel home with a friend? What time does the last bus/train leave?
Avoid danger spots like quiet or badly-lit alleyways, subways or isolated car parks. Walk down the middle of the pavement if the street is deserted.
If you do have to pass danger spots, think about what you would do if you felt threatened.
Consider heading for a public place; somewhere you know there will be other people, for example a garage or shop.
If you are at all worried, try and stay near a group of people.
Avoid passing stationary cars with their engines running and people sitting in them.
Try to keep both hands free and don’t walk with your hands in your pockets.
Try to use well-lit, busy streets and use the route you know best.
Whenever possible, walk facing oncoming traffic to avoid kerb crawlers.
If you do have to walk in the same direction as the traffic and a vehicle pulls up suddenly alongside you, turn and walk or run in the other direction.
Keep your mind on your surroundings – remember if you are chatting on your mobile phone or wearing a personal stereo, you will not hear trouble approaching.
Be extra careful when using cashpoint machines. Make sure nobody is hovering nearby and don’t count your money in the middle of the street.
If you think you are being followed, trust your instincts and take action. As confidently as you can, cross the road, turning to see who is behind you. If you are still being followed, keep moving. Make for a busy area and tell people what is happening. If necessary, call the police.
Beware of someone who warns you of the danger of walking alone and then offers to accompany you. This is a ploy some attackers have been known to use.
Never accept a lift from a stranger or someone you don’t know very well, even if you are wet, tired or running late.
We all have the right to wear any clothes we wish, but it’s worth remembering that you can help to reduce the risks by wearing clothes you can move in easily and shoes that you can run in.
Try not to keep all your valuables in one place. It’s a good idea to keep valuables such as wallets in an inside pocket.
Consider carrying a personal safety alarm, which can be used to shock and disorientate an attacker giving you vital seconds to get away
Reporting a Crime or Incident
Hate (or other) crime incidents can be reported in safety at the Access Tent through a discreet and anonymous drop in service. Police will attend a situation if required.
You can play an important part in helping to keep yourself, your loved ones and community safe by reporting crimes committed against you or someone else.
By sharing information you have about a crime that has or may be committed or about someone involved in committing a crime, you may help the police solve crimes and help prevent future crimes from taking place.
Importance of Reporting a Crime
There are good reasons for reporting a crime.
In a personal emergency always dial 999
For access enquires please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum on 01273 855620*
*Please note this is the number for the LGBT Community Safety Forum and NOT the number for the Pride office.
To contact Pride please email email@example.com