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Violent crime can come in many different forms including physical assaults, street robberies or ‘muggings’, alcohol related incidents and sexual assaults.
Violent crime in Carmarthenshire is low, and in 2005-2006 there were 2,926 violent crimes. This is a reduction of 10% as compared with the year before.
Therefore, the chances of you or a member of your family becoming a victim of violent crime are also very low. Violent crimes by strangers in public places are still very rare and account for a very small part of recorded crime.
However, you should not become complacent. You should still make every effort to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of violent crime.
Personal safety out and about
You can make yourself less likely to be the victim of a violent crime by taking a few sensible precautions and staying alert to your surroundings. Many are common sense, and maybe things you already do.
- You will be safest in bright, well-lit and busy areas
- Try to look and act confident – look like you know where you are going and walk tall
- You might like to spread your valuables around your body. For example, keep your phone in your bag, your house keys in your trouser pocket and your money in your jacket.
- If someone tries to take something fro you it may be better to let them take it, rather than get into a confrontation and risk injury.
- You can use reasonable force in self-defence. You are allowed to protect yourself with something you are carrying anyway (eg a bag or keys), but you may not carry a weapon.
- If you decide to defend yourself be aware that your attacker may be stronger then you, or may take what you are using in self defence and use it against you. It is often better to run away and shout loudly.
- Shout fire rather than help – it can get more results.
- If you use a wheelchair, keep things beside you rather than at the back of the chair.
- Try not to be conspicuous about the valuables you are carrying.
Alcohol related violence
A lot of violent crime is often alcohol related. Drunkeness can often lead to disorder and violence. In order to avoid becoming a victim of alcohol related violence consider the following tips:
- On a night out, always drink sensibly. Enjoy yourself but be careful not to overdo it.
- Always keep a close eye on your drink. Never leave your drinks unattended in order to avoid drink ‘spiking’.
- Always ensure you are not alone and are with friends
- Plan a safe journey home after night out (never walk home on your own)
The Community Safety Partnership has a Violent and Alcohol Related Crime Action Group. This group meets regularly to look at the problem across Carmarthenshire, and at how the number of violent and alcohol related crimes in the area can be reduced even further.