Be street smart after dark

Friday, 11 September 2015

During August Year 10 students took to the streets of Perth to learn how to negotiate the city after dark.

The City After Dark Tours is now in its 15th year, and is run cooperatively with the WA Police.

Bianca Lawlor is one of the students who went out to get a lesson in survival. This is her report.

This year on Wednesdays 5, 12 and 19 August, 60 lucky Year 10s had the great experience of attending the City After Dark Tour. With 20 girls per group we walked to Claremont station and caught the train into the city.

While we were on the tour we were shown how to safely catch the train when alone, where it is safest to walk on a footpath, and how to catch a taxi safely.

We were taken to a balcony where we got a good view of the city. We walked to the edge and were instructed to yell as loud as we possibly could. We were all shocked to find that no one from the busy streets of Perth looked up.

This taught us to not go places alone as if we get into trouble no one will be able to help us.

Among these things we learnt so many more valuable life lessons that will help keep us safe at night. I recommend the tour to any who is given the opportunity and I can guarantee you will learn something new from it.

Bianca Lawlor