When I read the information in ‘t Klokhuis about the course “Safe on the Street (55+)” I thought: I’ll sign up for that. I will undoubtedly make a point of it and can then make a report about it for the website so that several local residents can benefit from it. So said, done.

The course, organized by the Red Cross, consisted of four half-day sessions and was led by two trainers. There were 10 students (9 ladies and 1 lord) who all, undoubtedly inspired by the enthusiasm of both trainers, actively participated and also came up with practical examples.

Various topics were discussed such as:

ladies’ handbags, signaling, pins, mobile phone calls, home security and loitering.

It goes too far to describe the whole course, but we were given useful tips of which I would like to share some with you, for learning and pleasure.

When shopping, take a wallet with your debit card and not too much cash. Carry your handbag over the shoulder and do not cross over the back. The thief, who has it on your bag, approaches you from behind and will give a firm pull to the handle, so the chances are that you, after all, are not prepared to fall, with all its consequences.

Can you, if necessary, give a good description of someone? Do you look at people when you walk in the street? Do you know what they look like? Hair colour? Glasses? Beard and / or mustache? Speech? Accent or ABN? Clothing? You help the police a long way!

Do you pin inside or outside? Pin, where possible, preferably indoors, not late at night and also not on a deserted square. Keep your hand, when pegging, above the keys, especially in shops where mirrors or cameras are hung. Is your card swallowed by the cash machine? Stay with the device and call the number on the device or call the police.

Do you sometimes use your mobile on the street? If you must, then stand with your back against a wall. Nothing can happen behind you and someone cannot walk around you either. Make sure you have a phone when you leave the house!

How is your security at home? Do you have a door stand on the front door but is the back door open? Do you leave the upper window open when you go out or do you give the thief an easy “step up” with a bin next to the door? Beware, they are often true athletes!

Do you always open the door when the bell rings? Do not! If you have one, use the door stand or the door spy with which you can see who is at the door. Otherwise, leave it with you. Even babbelt tricks still work, unfortunately. Is my daughter allowed to go to the toilet with you because she needs to urinate? Too bad, put the child behind a bush!

“Hangjongeren” are of all times. In the 1960s, various moped groups were active in The Hague, such as “de Kikkers” and “de Bullen”. De Kikkers rode on Puchs with a high handlebar and de Bullen had Kreidlers or Zundapps, also called “belly pusher”.  De Bullen went regularly on the fist with de Kikkers.

Usually the groups do not cause a nuisance, but you can feel insecure.

“Intuition” is important. If you do not feel at ease, you avoid the group. Does it feel OK then you say goodbye and walk past? Never mix in a discussion within the group because they can spontaneously turn against you. Stay at a distance and, if necessary, call 112.

Call only 112 for “acute” situations and otherwise 0900 – 8844.

The course is highly recommended and participation is free! A “Safe on the Street” course will start on 25 October a.s. This time in Buurthuis de Kronkel, Westeinde 425. The course starts at 1.30 pm and ends at 3.30 pm.

You can register by email at

Matthias Wenzel (M.Wenzel@zebrawelzijn.nl)

Josephine de Vijlder