Shout “Fire”, not “Help, Help” in case of emergency – say police

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If you are in trouble, yell “fire”. Studies show people react more when they hear “fire”, than “help”

The York Regional Police have suggested some steps to be taken by citizens with regard to their personal safety.

The main point is to be aware of  potential dangers around you.

  • Use assertive body language. Walk with confidence, keep your head up and don’t wear headphones so you can hear what is going on around you
  • Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Know what is going on around you and exactly where you are. Limit distractions such as texting, talking on your phone or listening to music
  • Carry a cellphone with you in case of an emergency
  • Have your keys ready when you get to your car. Check your back seat before entering and then drive away immediately. Predators have an opportunity to approach you if you sit in your car
  • Know the signs of someone displaying aggressive behaviour – standing too close, tone of voice, verbal abuse, etc.
  • Report suspicious people or activities to police, we will respond.
  • If you are in trouble, yell “fire”. Studies show people react more when they hear “fire”, than “help”
  • If you have been a victim of a crime, please reach out to police at 1-866-876-5423

    Personal Safety while Walking or Jogging

    Walking and jogging are great ways to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors, but make sure to take some safety precautions before heading out.

    • Always be aware of your surroundings
    • Go with a friend when possible
    • Travel in well-lit and populated areas, especially at night
    • Carry a cellphone
    • Don’t assume vehicles can see you.
    • Tell friends or family your intended route and how long you think you’ll be gone
    • Always carry identification
    • Don’t wear headphones or any device that could compromise your hearing
    • Don’t take shortcuts through parks or alleys, especially at night
    • Trust your intuition – if something doesn’t feel right, it likely isn’t
    • Call police immediately if you see anyone or anything suspicious

    – CINEWS/York Police

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