Stay Safe: Criminal Assault During Lockdown

Criminal Assault During Lockdown 

Stories in the news tell of how the coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in opportunist crime such as burglary and muggings.

With quieter streets leading to more opportunities for muggings and empty shops and office buildings leading to more burglaries. It’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and with less people out and about at the moment being more cautious is a good idea.

Is there a way to stay safe and avoid criminal assault?  The Met Police have published some advice to help you stay safe when out and about.

“When walking on the pavement, always face oncoming traffic, as it will make it far more difficult for thieves on two-wheelers to ride up from behind and snatch your property. But still, also be aware of anyone approaching from ahead of you.”

“Keep your valuables including your mobile phone, other devices, and jewellery hidden. Remember, out of sight, out of mind”

You can see the full advice from the Met Police here. 

Staying alert and being cautious are good steps to take in the prevention of a criminal assault. However, despite taking the right precautions an assault can still happen. 

Types of Assault

Both psychological and physical injuries from an attack can be very serious. An assault can result in life-changing injuries or psychological damage. There are four different categories of assault that can be claimed against for any injuries suffered during the incident.  

  • Sexual Assault 
  • Common Assault 
  • Actual Bodily Harm Assault 
  • Grievous Bodily Harm  

Our page on Compensation for Criminal Assault goes into detail on the different types of assault and how you can make a claim. 

Often a criminal is either not caught or they do not have the ability to pay you assault compensation for your injuries. You can claim compensation for your injuries. You can go through the UK court system and make a civil assault claim or you can appeal to The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authorities. This authority is a government-funded body that tries to help victims through support and compensation so that they can get their lives back on track after an attack.

Contact First Personal Injury

 We have helped injured individuals claim the compensation they are entitled to for more than 25 years. Our legal experts know how difficult and traumatic dealing with a violent experience can be. 

Call our specialists on 0800  808 9740 to arrange a no-obligation confidential conversation about your case. 

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