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Safe on the move without weapons

The police advise against carrying any weapons. Weapons, such as knives, irritant spray devices, electric pulse devices or alarm weapons, should not be carried with you for defense purposes either.

Any weapon, even if it is carried for self-defense, is dangerous because

  • Guns offer deceptive security. You can increase your own willingness to take risks, contribute to the escalation of violence and lead to an increase in damage.
  • Gun carriers usually neglect de-escalating techniques and communication strategies that can help calm the situation.
  • Weapons make it difficult for helpers and the police to recognize who is the perpetrator and who is the victim.
  • In the worst case, the weapon can be removed and used against the wearer himself.
  • the use of weapons quickly leads to life-threatening injuries and can have serious criminal and financial consequences.
  • Alarm weapons are often indistinguishable from real weapons and, in the worst case, lead to the use of firearms by the police.

For your safety

The following guidelines can help to improve your sense of security and your actual security when you are out and about in public places. Confidence in action influences your charisma and can help deter potential perpetrators.

Trust your feeling!
Be attentive to your surroundings. Listen to your gut instinct, which instinctively warns you of threatening situations.

Keep your distance!
Avoiding an impending conflict is the best way to resolve a conflict. Get out of threatening situations as early as possible and move to safe places. If necessary, change the train compartment or the side of the street or look for lively places (e.g. kiosks, shops or restaurants).

Create Public: Get Loud!
If you are being harassed or threatened, get loud. Avoid insults, threats and physical confrontations.

"Stop that!"
Use the provoking person to signal to outsiders that the dispute is not a private one.

Ask specifically for help!
Make it clear that you need help. Get loud, speak to people standing around directly and ask for assistance:
“I'm being threatened. You with the black jacket. Help me. Call the police!"

Emergency 110
Regardless of whether you are a victim or a witness: inform the police on the emergency number 110.

Make yourself available as a witness
Your testimony can help identify the perpetrator and help prevent further crime.

Take your time and prepare yourself mentally for critical situations. The behavior tips above can help you with this.

For safety in public transport

In principle, you can feel safe on public transport. If you still have a bad feeling, you can do the following:

  • Sit near the driver or in a car that already has several passengers.
  • If the trains are otherwise empty, you can choose the first car, as this is the quickest way for the driver to come to your aid.
  • If you are scared by someone who gets off with you, here are your options:

o Join people you trust.
o Talk to a friend on the phone or use a companion app.
o Go to a busy place (e.g. a gas station, restaurant or kiosk).
o Get back in and drive on.

You are observing a dangerous situation

Help without putting yourself in danger. You can find information on correct behavior at www.bundespolizei.de/zivilcourage. Look instead of going away - short film


Protective armament flyer - deceptive security (PDF, 185KB, file is not barrier-free)

additional Information

Further information on the subject can be found at www.polizeifürdich.de.