Personal Robbery and Swarmings

Man approaching two women at a bus stop

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Safety tips:Walking along a path

  • Be alert to your surroundings and avoid isolated areas, in particular after dark and when withdrawing money from ATMs;
  • Travel with multiple friends whenever possible;
  • Be wary of inadvertently displaying possessions such as cell phones and personal music devices; and,
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you can be expected home.

Know what to do if you become a victim:

  • Do not resist your attackers, they may be armed and this could lead to serious injury or death;
  • Try and memorize their faces, clothing and license plates if they leave in vehicles;
  • Call 911 as soon as possible, or if you are around an OC Transpo facility look for an emergency call box; and,
  • If you are a student and are robbed at school or by someone from your school, report the event to the office and to the Ottawa Police Service.