• Hiriya Nagreekara Sahaya Vani: 1090 / 08226 222030
  • Makkala Sahayavani : 1098
  • Emergency : 100 / 08226 222383
  • Fire Station : 101
  • Ambulance Service : 108

Safety Tips

Safety at Home

  • Never leave your doors open or unlocked.
  • Don't work in your backyard with your front door unlocked.
  • Never open the door to strangers, no matter what excuse they have for calling on you.
  • A peep-hole and safety chain will allow you to identify strangers without endangering yourself.
  • If possible fix CCTV Camera for safety.

Security in your Car

  • Make sure your car is in good condition.
  • Keep your doors locked and windows closed while driving.
  • Park your car in a well-lit area at night.
  • Beware of strangers who approach you at traffic lights.
  • If you are being followed, drive to the nearest police station.

e-Mail Safety Tips

  • Guard Yourself against Phishing.
  • Change your password on regular basis as per the password policy.
  • Do not share your password with anyone.
  • Always remember to sign out properly after using your mail account.
  • Use Anti-Virus software & update it on regular basis.
  • Update the operating system and application patches.
  • Never open / respond any mail / attachment from unknown sender.
  • Never subscribe your email ID on unsafe locations (over internet).

Tourist Safety Tips

  • While travelling in/to various tourist places, be aware of pick pocketers and snatchers.
  • Never leave your luggage, briefcase or other items unattended.
  • Don’t keep your wallet in the rear pocket. Keep it in an inside jacket pocket or side trouser pocket
  • All valuables and important papers (jewelry, passports, return tickets, etc) should be kept in your hotel's safe deposit box. Never leave them unattended in your room
  • Avoid carrying large sums of cash on your person.
  • Do not disclose any personal / private matters before anybody
  • In a bus or train, be aware of people who look or act suspiciously, raise alarm if need be.
  • Before arrival please pre-book Hotel, lodge, guest house etc. during festive occasion to avoid disappointment / difficulties..
  • Do not go to any lonely place it may cause harm
  • Please dial 100 in case any trouble

Security in the Street

  • When going out leave your valuables at home.
  • Never carry more cash than you need.
  • Don't walk in deserted or dark areas alone.
  • Carry your bag close to your body.
  • Keep your change in your purse or wallet and credit cards and notes in an inside pocket, never in the back pocket of your trousers.

Senior Citizen Safety Tips.

  • Employ a servant after verifying his antecedents with the help of the nearest Police Station.
  • Always carry an Identity Card with you.
  • Never discuss financial matters in front of servants/strangers.
  • Deposit your valuables in safe deposit vault of any Bank.
  • Normally, do not allow the relatives or friends of your servant to visit your house.
  • Use of modern security gadgets like door alarm, electronic-eye bell etc is always advantageous.
  • Verify the identity of any repairman, salesman etc and allow them access only after informing the security.
  • When you admit a workman or a salesman, do not leave him alone at any time.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Ensure that you are aware of traffic signal signs and traffic symbols.
  • Always use crosswalks or zebra crossings.
  • Avoid running across the street.
  • Use sideways or footpaths while walking.
  • Kids under 12 years must be assisted while crossing streets.
  • Be careful while crossing high speed roads and multiple road junctions.
  • If you have visibility problem, request someone to assist you in crossing the road.

Road Safety Tips

  • Don't use your mobile phone while driving.
  • Use Seat belt.
  • Don't drink and drive.
  • Avoid speed driving.
  • Take special care about children, senior citizens and pedestrians.
  • Don't drive if tired.
  • Always observe and anticipate other road users.
  • Keep your distances.
  • Always wear helmets and seat belts.
  • Don't try to multitask.
  • Do not break the signal.
  • Be mentally prepared to face pedestrians anywhere and at any time during your driving. Some pedestrians are least aware of road rules and they may attempt to cross the roads even at peak hours.
  • If you are driving in a bad weather or foggy area, where visibility is restricted, it is good to slow down considerably.
  • Be very careful while driving in school areas, hospitals, road intersections and main road junctions where you observe increased mobility of children and people.
  • While turning, make sure you have slowed down and you are giving proper space to the pedestrians for crossing. Road turns are very dangerous as drivers often lose their control while turning fast.

Safety Tips in ATM Counter.

  • Always pay close attention to the ATM and your surroundings.
  • Maintain an awareness of your surroundings throughout the entire transaction.
  • Do not allow people to look over your shoulder as you enter your PIN. Memorize your PIN; never write it on the back of your card.
  • Never count cash at the machine or in public.
  • Closely monitor your bank statements, as well as your balances, and immediately report any problems to your bank.

Traffic Safety Tips for Parents.

  • While taking their children to school themselves, they should take proper care of their safety.
  • Parents must ensure that the children acquire the right knowledge and skills for safe use of roads. They should teach their children the basic rules of the road, how to walk and cross the road, how to alight and board a bus etc.
  • Parents should not allow their minor children to drive.
  • Children are very good observers and therefore, parents must set an example by meticulously observing even small traffic rules.

Traffic Safety Tips for Teachers.

  • Teachers should help develop a responsible attitude towards road use in school children.
  • Teachers should impart essential knowledge about roads and traffic to school children,
  • The teacher should arrange for an alternate bus and keep the children together at one place if the school bus fails to arrive or if there is any problem.

Vehicle Verification Form

Common Car Sense

  • Keep your car in good running condition. Make sure there's enough petrol to get where you're going and back.
  • Always roll up the windows and lock car doors, even if you're coming right back. Check inside and out before getting in.
  • Avoid parking in isolated areas. Be especially alert in parking lots and underground parking garages. If possible, always park in busy, well-lit area.
  • If you think someone is following you, don't head home. Drive to the nearest police or fire station, or other open business to get help.
  • Don't pick up hitchhikers. Don't hitchhike.
  • Never leave the car keys in the car, even for a second. Make sure they are kept in a secure place at home and at work.
  • Never leave cash, credit cards, chequebook, mobile phones, or valuables in the car.
  • Install a good quality alarm system in your car or motor cycle.

Personal Safety

Basic Street Sense

  • Wherever you are - on the street, in an office building or shopping mall, driving, waiting for a bus or subway - stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.
  • Send the message that you're calm, confident, and know where you're going.
  • Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave.
  • Know the neighborhoods where you live and work. Check out the locations of police and fire stations, public telephones, hospitals, or stores that are open late.
  • Look confident. Walk with your head up, as if you know where you are going. Keep your hands free - don't walk about with them in your pockets.
  • Keep to well-used roads. Don't use alleyways or short cuts.
  • Think ahead and plan your journey, avoiding deserted areas
  • In the dark, always stick to well-lit areas.
  • If you think you are being followed, cross the road.
  • If you start to be frightened, try not to panic. Always try to think around situations.

Public Transport

  • Use well-lighted, busy stops.
  • If someone harasses you, don't be embarrassed. Look for help around you.
  • Watch who gets off with you. If you feel uneasy, walk directly to a place where there are other people.

Travel Tips

  • It is always worth letting someone know where you are going, the route you intend to take and when you expect to return. Plan your journeys - work out how to get there and back.
  • Put aside enough money for the return fare.
  • If you lose your fare money or ticket, speak to the driver/guard/ticket officer and explain. Carry some identification on you to prove that you are genuine.
  • Never be tempted to walk home alone, especially if it's dark or you are unsure of the area.

    If Someone Tries To Rob You

    • Report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.

    Child Safety

    Article 19(1) of the UN CRC require States to- “Take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.”

    Types of Abuses

    • Physical
    • Emotional
    • Sexual
    • Neglect
    • Online Exploitation Of Child

    PHYSICAL ABUSE

    Causing physical harm to children by hitting, kicking, scratching, pinching, biting, pulling the hair, boxing ears, smacking, slapping, spanking or with any implement (cane, stick, shoe, chalk, dusters, belt, whip, giving electric shock etc);

    EMOTIONAL ABUSE

    • It may involve causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, for example by witnessing domestic abuse within the home or being bullied, or the exploitation or corruption of children.
    • Sarcastic remarks, scolding using humiliating adjectives, intimidation, derogatory remarks, ridiculing or shaming the child.

    SEXUAL ABUSE

    • Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening.
    • The activities may involve physical contact, including penetrative or non-penetrative acts.
    • They may include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at pornographic material or watching sexual activities, or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.

    NEGLECT

    Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development.

    • It may involve a parent or carer failing to provide adequate food, shelter and clothing, failure to protect a child from physical harm or danger, or the failure to ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.
    • It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to a child’s basic emotional needs.
    • Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance misuse

    ONLINE EXPLOITATION

    Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the web, whether through social networks, playing online games or using mobile phones. Children and young people may experience cyber bullying, grooming, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or emotional abuse.

    SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF PHYSICAL OF PHYSICAL ABUSE

    • Unexplained burns, bites, bruises, broken bones, black eyes
    • Fading bruises or other noticeable marks
    • Child seems frightened of parents and protests or cries when it is time to go home
    • Shrinks at the approach of adults
    • Reports injury by a parent or another adult caregiver
    • Abusing animals or pets

    SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF EMOTIONAL EMOTIONAL ABUSE

    • Behavior extremes, such as being overly compliant or demanding, extremely passive or aggressive, etc.
    • Delayed in physical or emotional development
    • Behaves inappropriately adult (parents other children) or infantile
    • Has attempted suicide
    • Reports lack of attachment to parents/caregivers

    SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

    • Difficulty in walking or sitting
    • Refusing to change for gym or to participate in physical activities
    • Reporting of nightmares or bedwetting
    • Sudden change in appetite
    • Bizarre, sophisticated, or unusual sexual knowledge or behavior
    • Pregnant or afflicted by venereal disease

    SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF NEGLECT

    • Begs for or steals food, money, or other items
    • Lacks medical or dental care, glasses, or immunizations
    • Is often dirty and/or has severe body odour
    • Lacks sufficient clothing for the weather
    • Intake of alcohol or drugs
    • States that there is no one at home to provide care

    LEGAL PROVISIONS

    • Article 37(a) of UN CRC requires the State parties to ensure that “no child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
    • Article 39(e) of the Constitution of India, directs the State to work progressively to ensure that “…. The tender age of children are not abused.” •Article 39(f) “the chidren are given opportunities and facilities to develop in a healthy manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity and that childhood and youth are protected against exploitation and against moral and material abandonment.”
    • Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection Act) 2014
    • Child Marriage Act, 2006
    • Right to Education
    • POCSO Act 2012
    • NCPCR

    POCSO Act 2012

    Section 19,21:- mandatory to report, Punishment for failure to report or record a case Any person who fails to report the commission of an offence under sub section (1) of section 20 fails to record such offence under sub section (2)shall be punished with imprisonment may extend to six months or with fine or with both.

    Juvenile Justice Act

    Section 32:- Under this section it is mandatory to report regarding child found separated from guardian. Section 34:- Any person who has committed an offence under the preview of section 32 shall be liable for punishment up-to six months or fine up-to Rs10,000/- or both.

    BEYOND REPORTING

    • Reporting is just one element of proper response to child abuse and child sexual abuse. Your reaction is very important; it is often difficult for a child to talk about abuse.
    • When a child tells you he/she has been abused:
    • Choose your words carefully—don’t be judgmental about the child or the alleged abuser
    • Do not disbelieve the child or appear shocked/surprised
    • Listen and let the child tell his/her own story
    • Be calm—your reactions can confuse or scare the child
    • Assure the child that you believe what he/she says

    Find out what the child wants and be honest about what you can do – the child may want you to promise that you won’t tell others – tell the truth and do not make promises

    • Assess whether the child is in immediate danger
    • Let the child know his/her feelings are okay
    • Assure the child that you care and that it’s not his/her fault
    • Tell the child that you’re glad he/she told you and that you will get help “We owe our children-the most vulnerable citizen in any society –a life free from violence and fear” Nelson Mandela

    CHILDREN SAFETY

    • Never run errands for strangers, even for money.
    • Never accept candy money or gifts from a stranger, or an invitation to a movie, etc.
    • Never get in to a car with a stranger for any reason.
    • Never Hitch-Hike.
    • If a stranger attempts to coax you into a car, yell and run, then write down the license number from a safe distance, or scratch it in the dirt. Then tell your parents teacher or a policemen.
    • If a friend gets in to a car with a stranger, even if you have warned him not to, write down the license number and tell a policeman, your parents or teacher right away.
    • Make sure that your parents always know you are and who you are with.
    • When collecting for charities, always travel in groups of two or more, and never go inside a stranger’s house.
    • Teach your children their full names, address and telephone No.
    • Tell them never to admit to being home alone on the phone or to someone at the door.
    • Instruct children to look out for each other and tell you when something unusual or suspicious happens.
    • Report suspicious individuals or vehicles lurking in areas where children play to the police.
    • Ask a trusted neighbor to provide security for your children if any threat or emergency arise while you are away from home. Offer to do same for them.
    • Every child should know that police are friends and be able to recognize the uniform and know that a policeman will be receptive if the child is lost or frightened.
    • Children should be encouraged to play with friends and never in isolated areas or vacant buildings.
    • Parents should always know where their children are.
    • Parents should ensure that baby-sitters are known and can be trusted.

    HOME SAFETY

    • Fix grills on windows and glass paneled doors.
    • Don't allow any stranger to enter your house, when you are alone without finding out his identity.
    • Beware of persons coming to your house under the pretext of repairing/selling
    • Keep side doors pad locked and main door bolted.
    • Use slam-shut locks instead of pad locks. Install magic eye and safety chains on doors.
    • Look through the magic eye and ensure the door chain is secure before opening the door to a stranger.
    • Leave a light switched on when you go out of town. Inform your neighbours about your absence from your home for a long or short period.
    • Insure all valuable properties like VCR, TV etc.
    • Mark valuables with an identification number like your Ration Card, Passport or
    • Install an alarm system and learn how to use it. Monitor your alarm system and arrange for guard response. Stow away ladders and stools.
    • Make your home appear lived in. Don't keep huge amount of cash and ornaments in the house. Use bank lockers.
    • Don't sleep near an open window during the night.
    • Don't disturb the scene, if you notice theft in your house, wait for the arrival of police otherwise it will lead to tampering of evidence like fingerprints, footprints etc.
    • things, conducting meter readings etc.
    • Don't wear heavy ornaments while travelling alone.
    • Don't open your bag-containing valuable like cash and ornaments, while travelling in public places.
    • Don't go alone with cash and jewelry during the nighttime.
    • Do not record a message on answering machine telling people you are on holiday or away.

    STEPS FOR PERSONAL SAFETY

    • Always stop and think about the risk.
    • Always identify a visitor before opening the door.
    • Never allow young children to open the door to visitors.
    • Always ask representatives to provide identification.
    • Avoid walking alone at night.
    • Walk in busy well lit roads, towards traffic.

    HOW TO PREVENT BAG SNATCHING WHILE TRAVELLING

    • Carry your purse close to your body and slightly to the front. 2. Your purse should be closed and fastened at all times. Do not leave it on a counter. 3. Do not carry your keys, cheque book or credit-cards in your bag. Carry them in a jacket or other pocket on your person. 4. Do not carry more money than necessary. 5. If someone attempts to take your bag, give it up rather than risk personal injury.

    BEWARE OF UNVERIFIED SERVANTS IN YOUR HOUSE

    • Get your domestic help's antecedents verified.
    • Give his/her photograph as well as address to the nearest Police Station for verification.
    • Get his/her background verified from previous employer.
    • Avoid giving access to his relatives and friends.
    • Avoid displaying jewelry and valuables in the house.

    PREVENT VEHICLE THEFTS

    • Don’t keep vehicles in your house compound without locking.
    • Two wheelers should be kept in the safe places after tying with a chain and lock.
    • When you park your vehicle in the parking area, ask somebody to keep an eye over it.
    • Never leave the vehicle door unlocked nor the windows partially open.
    • Make sure that quarter glasses are properly secured.
    • Never leave the key dangling in the ignition.
    • Double-check all doors (including the boot) to ensure that they are properly secured.
    • Etch registration number of your car on the rear & front window screens and windowpanes. Do not leave valuables in your car even if it is locked.
    • Cut down on extra fittings, as these tempt prospective thieves.
    • Install a car alarm.
    • Never leave important documents in the glove box or boot.
    • Never identify your key ring with your name.
    • Do not offer a lift to anyone you do not know.
    • If someone needs assistance, stop some distance away and communicate through locked doors and partially opened window.
    • In case of theft, immediately inform nearest police station, dial 100

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