Call 911 if it is an emergency that requires an immediate response, if you are in imminent danger, or witnessing an assault happening now. Call a local non-emergency number for other situations. When you talk to a police officer, take their name, badge number and case number.
Some of these tips are common sense, nonetheless it is important to consider them:
- Trust your intuition and do not do anything that does not appear safe to you.
- For the first couple of weeks, have a friend with you, if possible, to increase your safety when you transit between different parts of the city, attend meetings, etc.
- Let people know about your plans, including dates and attending parties.
- Watch your drink at clubs.
- Make sure to charge your phone.
- Know your surroundings. Do not stay late (alone) in an unknown part of town.
- Have friends with you when you walk home alone late at night.
- Have a back-up plan for getting home. Taxi drivers might ignore you or refuse service. Sadly, such things happen in Vancouver .
- Leaving with a complete stranger is not the best idea.
- If you are out along, make sure people your friends, acquaintances or even baristas know who you leave with.
- Learn self-defence.
REMEMBER: You can be assaulted by people you know. More info .
DO NOT allow abuse of any kind, especially within a relationship. More info (PDF) .
REMEMBER: You can say “no” when a situation does not seem right or safe. Trust your instincts.