Welcome to Your New RolePersonal Safety Top Tips

Welcome to your new role

Personal Safety: Top Tips

As an elected official you will attend public events, private meetings, hold surgeries and be in the public eye. Whilst the chances of you or a member of your family becoming a victim of violent crime remains low personal safety is paramount, and here we highlight some key learning that aims to keep you safe. The more you do to protect yourself, the better protected you and your family will be.

On this page you will find information on the following:

    • Dealing with Aggression
    • Threats and Risks
    • Further Helpful Resources

 The information has been taken from three main sources which we would recommend you read in full:

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Dealing with Aggression

When it comes to resolving conflict there are five main outcomes that can be worked towards:

    • competing until one person wins the argument
    • collaborating to find a solution agreeable by all
    • compromising on a solution that meets halfway
    • withdrawing to avoid conflict
    • smoothing the situation although both parties still disagree

If you find yourself in a situation where conflict is present, you should consider the potential outcomes and decide on which solution would be most appropriate given your current circumstance.

For more information on dealing with aggressive individuals, you may wish to visit these sites:

How To Diffuse Aggression – Conflict Resolution Tips | Peoplesafe

Dealing with Aggression | SkillsYouNeed

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In the event of an attack

If, in spite of the precautions adopted, an attack has happened or is attempted, it is essential that:

    • Police are alerted immediately
    • You follow their advice/instruction
    • Maintain the integrity of the scene (do not touch or clean up anything)
    • No information is given other than to the police. In all other incidents where a police non-emergency response is required, dial 101

In an emergency, the advice is always call 999.

An emergency is described as:

    • A crime is in progress
    • Someone suspected of a crime is nearby
    • When there is danger to life

Please note these recommendations are taken from the Protect Yourself Guide Blue Book and whilst based on research, historic events, expert advice and best practice, it should also be recognised that these are primarily common-sense precautions, albeit not exhaustive, and will depend on individual circumstances.

If you feel more personalised advice would be beneficial you should contact your local police.

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Welsh fire service

Threats and Risks

As a public figure you are encouraged to have a security mind-set and apply sensible precautions to maximise security both for your person and for your home. For example, consider thinking about your general routines and home security features, such as: house alarm, panic button, secure perimeter gates, safe and working door and window locks; security lights, possible CCTV, door intercom system and becoming a member of Neighbourhood Watch.

It is important to identify and recognise situations where you are most at risk, so you can avoid them, or if this is not possible – reduce them. Most people are relatively vulnerable when:

    • Arriving/leaving home or place of work (particularly if alone or in the dark)
    • Entering or leaving a vehicle
    • When regular journeys can be predicted (i.e. the same route, by the same method (bus/car), time and day)
    • Answering the door at home or at work (to unknown persons)
    • Working alone
    • Being distracted when using an electronic device in a public place
    • Unusual or new surroundings
    • Whilst travelling (home or abroad)
    • Interacting online
    • Attending crowded places (with strangers such as nightclubs and sporting events)

Being aware of these threats makes you more aware and responsive to the risk.

Further helpful resources:

ACT Awareness eLearning – A Counter Terrorism awareness product designed to help people learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident.

 

Employee Vigilance Campaign – This guidance helps organisations to understand what constitutes good and bad employee vigilance security behaviour; and then demonstrates how to communicate it to the workforce. It provides the tools to run a ‘security-minded behaviour’ campaign, including links to professionally designed supporting materials.