• Always try to walk, jog, or ride your bike with a partner.
  • Avoid secluded, dark areas or shortcuts.
  • Stay on busy well-lit and heavily-populated streets.
  • Walk with energy, confidence and purpose. Hold your head up, look around constantly, be alert and check your surroundings.
  • Try not to carry bulky purses, bags or parcels. Always keep at least one hand free.
  • When you are alone, avoid wearing headphones; try not to be engrossed in reading; avoid talking on your cellular telephone for long periods of time. You must be able to see and hear who or what is approaching from all directions.
  • Always try to wear clothing and shoes that allow you freedom of movement.
  • If you do take the bus alone at night, sit by the driver, stay awake and alert, and have someone meet you at your stop. If you travel by taxi, have the driver watch you safely enter your destination.
  • Never get in or out of your vehicle without doing a visual sweep of the immediate area for suspicious persons. Be sure that your doors are locked and windows closed. Do not park your vehicle in dimly-lit, isolated areas or parking lots.
  • Follow your instincts. If you think you are being followed and you don’t feel safe, cross the street, change your route and prepare to run for help. Know of open businesses and other public areas that you can go to, if you need help.
  • Keep your family or friends advised of your whereabouts and what time you are supposed to arrive or return.
  • There is safety in numbers
  • Ignoring your instincts is simply not worth the risk
  • Don’t be afraid or too shy to ask for an escort to your vehicle or residence
  • Adopt a frame of mind that will allow you to recognize and avoid potential threats on the street