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Personal Safety on the Street

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
  • house.
  • 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
  • needs.
  • 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.


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