It doesn’t have to be like this.
You have the right to live your life without feeling unsafe, being able to go from A to B without looking over your shoulder or worrying that the next knife attack will involve you or a loved one.
But carrying a knife won’t help. There are other ways to protect yourself.
Here are some strategies o taying saf o you can feel more secure and less afraid of knife crime, wherever you live:
Some young people think if you carry a knife then it will provide protection, but statistics show that if you carry a knife or weapon then you are more likely to end up being hurt. It is also illegal to carry knives and other weapons.
You can also dial 101 for the police, or 999 if you feel you are in immediate danger.
Look out for your mates
People might carry a knife for many different reasons, including feeling unsafe, feeling unsupported by adults and authority figures, or wanting to feel ‘in control’. But carrying a knife doesn’t make you safer… in fact, it’s more likely to put you at risk.
If you’re worried about a friend being at risk, talk to them. If this doesn’t work, you can talk to your parents, teachers or youth workers. It’s not snitching, it’s trying to keep them – and others that you care about – safe.
You can also look after yourself and your friends b ravelling in group n areas where crime is more common.
What to do immediately after a knife attack
In the unlikely event that you are ever a victim of, or a witness to, a knife attack there are some practical steps you can take to make sure that you and those around you stay as safe as possible. While it would be perfectly natural to panic when someone has just been harmed, time is important. Learning these steps can help you know how to respond quickly and appropriately.
Street Doctors have this vital advice to follow immediately if you ever experience or witness a stabbing:
1. Keep yourself safe
- By safe, we mean out of harm’s way. If there is an active argument or crime scene and it’s not safe to stay with someone who’s been hurt, get to a place of safety such as a shop, cafe, restaurant, gym, youth centre or police, ambulance or fire station. Go to where there are adults or members of the public.
- When you’re safe, call for help by dialling 999. Ask for an ambulance.
2. Apply pressure to the wound
- First check there is no sharp objectin the wound. If there is no sharp object present, you can apply pressure directly to the wound. If you have something to wrap around your own hands, such as clothing or a scarf, etc. you can use that.
- If a sharp object is present, DO NOTremove it. If you can do so without hurting yourself, you can apply pressure by placing your hands to the sides of the object on the person’s body and pushing down. Keep your hands a safe distance from the sharp object.
- Applying pressure might cause discomfort to the person, but the more pressure you apply, the greater your chance of helping a blood clot to form and preventing further loss of blood.
3. Keep calm
- We know that this would be a stressful situation but if you can, be as calm as possible and stay on the phone with the ambulance staff. They can offer you real-time help.
4. Emergency first aid
- If the person is not breathing, perform chest compression by placing your hands-on top of each other and pushing down in the center of their chest.
- If you’re unsure what to do the ambulance staff on the phone will help you.
- You can get trained in first aid, or even ask your school to arrange first aid training.
5. Protecting yourself
- If you’re unsure about a situation or something you think might happen, go home and talk to an adult you trust.
- Remember you will not get in to trouble for delivering first aid to help keep someone alive.