posted on 8:38 AM, March 23, 2007
- Plan your route. Always know where you are going, how to get there and how to get back.
- Be aware of who and what is around you. Avoid areas that might increase your chances of
- becoming a victim.
- Be alert. Walk with confidence. Keep your head up and look around you.
- At night, always walk on busy, well lit streets. If possible buddy up and walk with a
- friend or group. Stay near the curb away from doors, gates or openings that might give
- an assailant somewhere to hide. Carry a whistle or other noisemaker. Yell or scream
- loudly if attacked.
- Avoid using alleys, short cuts and poorly lit areas.
- Be careful if you are approached, for whatever reason. Trust your instincts. If you
- think you are being followed or feel uncomfortable, go to the nearest store or well lit
- Do not carry unnecessary cash or be seen handling large amounts of cash in public.
- If using an ATM, never let others see your PIN. Withdraw only enough for your immediate
- Keep your purse close to your body or under a coat.
- Never accept an unsolicited ride. Never hitchhike.
- Don't use a Walkman while walking or jogging, it makes it more difficult to hear what
- is going on around you.
- Do not carry weapons. It is illegal and they might be used against you. This includes
- dog or bear sprays.
- If your attacker has a weapon do not attempt to fight back. Yell as loudly as you can.
- If you see no weapon yell, fight back, and try to get away from your attacker to the
- nearest house, gas station or business and ask for help. Call 911 as soon as possible.