IN OBSERVANCE OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
MARCH 08, 2017
In observance of International Women’s Day, Crime Stoppers Dominica (CSD) honours all women and at the same time, recognizes the challenges that many women face. The role that women play in the home, the community and the wider society in maintaining a close knit family and in particular, helping to mould the minds and behaviours of the young in leading positive lives free from crime cannot go unnoticed. We take the opportunity to applaud all women who take a stand at preserving good family values which is the core for a strong, positive young population.
Women and children alike have experienced various forms of abuse: some have been coerced into sex, engaged in forced abortion, involved in illegal trade on the promise of a monetary reward or other incentive or have otherwise been verbally or physically abused. Too many victims have suffered in silence. Crime Stoppers Dominica is here to break the pattern of “remaining silent” about all forms of abuse levelled against women by providing a secure medium through which crime can be reported by calling 1800-TIPS (8477) or submitting a tip online at crimestoppersdominica.org.
The consequence of crimes against women, particularly the young, is extensive and has both direct and indirect impacts socially, economically and psychologically. The responsibility rests on each one of us to help prevent crime, and or report it to mitigate the consequences. The old adage “Let us be each other’s keeper” is so pertinent in our mission at reducing crime!
Here are some tips to help you stay safe which we hope will give you some peace of mind:
- Do not give personal information to unknown persons on the phone.
- Be alert for suspicious behaviors from prowlers
- Be mindful of your manner of dress, so that it does not attract criminals to you
- If possible, do not carry more money or valuables than necessary
- Exercise caution when using ATM machines. If possible, avoid using ATM machines at night. In the event you have to, screen the surroundings making sure there is no one who behaves suspiciously
- Be careful of strangers who approach you soliciting favours
- When you walk ensure that you carry your purse towards your front. While walking, stay close to buildings and areas that are well lit. Avoid shortcuts!
- Walk confidently and at a steady pace. Rapists look for someone who appears vulnerable.
- Avoid bushes and alleys where rapists can hide.
- Instruct your child against giving personal information about himself or his parents to strangers.
- Your child should check in with you or a neighbour when he is alone after arriving from school.
- Children should never accept gifts or lifts from people that he/she is not familiar with.
- Teach your child to say, “Mum is not available to answer the phone right now.”Your child should never let a telephone caller know that he/she is home alone.
- Your child should keep a house key instead of leaving keys under a mat or somewhere around the house. You never know who is looking and thieves often know where to search.
- Parents should monitor their children’s online activities.
- Know the three “W’s”: Where your kids are, What they’re doing, and Who they’re with.
- Never go anywhere with someone you and your parents don’t know and trust.
- If someone tries to abuse you, say no, get away, and tell a trusted adult. Remember, it’s not the victim’s fault.
By taking a few simple precautions, you can reduce the risk to yourself, and also discourage those who commit crime.
Remember if a crime occurs – report it!