Children also are susceptible to being harmed, both physically and sexually, offences of kidnapping for ransom, for the purpose of begging or for sexual abuse, though not common, have drawn the attention of Public. Like adults, even children have become victims of theft, assault, rape and cruelty. The following are some precautions that the parents and teachers should teach their respective children. The children themselves need to take preventive steps to protect themselves.

  • Children should be taught about their rights to self protection and their position in the society
  • Children should be taught to know to their surroundings thoroughly both in the school and home
  • Children should be taught to differentiate between a friend and a foe
  • Children should be told NOT to talk to strangers, NOT to accept any presents including eatables from stranger, NOT to go with the strangers, however serious the issue may be, and NOT to go anywhere alone
  • Children should be taught to remember the name, address and telephone number of their parents
  • Parents should not permit children to wear costly jewelry
  • Children should be taught how to seek help from policemen. Parents should make children understand that the policemen are their friends and guides and not enemies
  • Children should be convinced not to keep any secrets by speaking to them freely and with open mind, even if somebody asks them to keep certain things secret
  • Children should be taught to keep a lookout for suspicious persons
  • Simple ways of self defence taught to children would be of great help in emergencies
  • Children should be taught to develop confidence in themselves and parents should also build confidence in their children
  • Do not allow children to open the door when somebody rings or knocks on the door
  • Children should be taught NOT to befriend any strangers either near school or near houses
  • Personal Safety Tips for Women at Home
  • Women who live alone should list only their last names and initials on their mailboxes and in the telephone directory.
  • Always keep the door locked, even if you are at home and even if you leave the house for just a few minutes.
  • Never open the door automatically after a knock, Ensure that strangers have identified themselves properly before allowing them to enter,
  • Utilize a peep-hole (magic-eye) to verify identification.
  • Leave the light on over the door which you will be using to enter at night. Have your key ready so that the door may be opened immediately.
  • Close curtains at night.
  • Never admit over the phone or to strangers that you will be alone at home.


Lifts: If you live in an apartment building where you know most of the residents and find yourself in the lobby with a stranger, let him take the lift first and wait for it to return for you. If you are on the lift and someones presence makes you uneasy, get the control panel. If someone attacks, hit the alarm button and press as many buttons as you can so that lift will stop at any of several floors.

  • If a stranger requests the use of your phone, do not let him enter your apartment. Place the call for him instead.
  • If you return home and detect evidence that someone as broken in to your domicile, do not enter the premises and do not scream. Proceed to the closest neighbor’s house and phone and police from there.


For Frequent Female Travelers

  • The above recommendations apply to men and women equally. However a few additional suggestions are advisory for women.
  • Travel on well-lit streets and keep your purse out of sight.
  • If you have car trouble in a dark area, lock yourself in and await the arrival of the police.
  • If a stranger comes to give you assistance do not get out of the car.Ask the person to call for help.
  • Do not support & offer help to stranded motorist.
  • If you suspect that someone is following you, drive to the police station or police picket.
  • Women are urged not to ask for lift under any circumstances.
  • Never pick up a person asking for lift.