Street Safety Tips
- Walk confidently. Be alert. Notice who passes you and who’s behind you.
- Walk in well-lighted areas. Don’t walk close to bushes, alleys, and so on. In dark or deserted neighborhoods, walk down the middle of the street.
- If a car pulls up slowly, or the occupants of the vehicle bother you, cross the street and walk or run in the other direction.
- If you feel someone is following you, turn around and check. Proceed to the nearest lighted house or place of business.
- Don’t overburden yourself with bags or packages, which might impede running or taking care of yourself.
- Carry a whistle or personal safety device.
- Carry as little cash as possible.
- Don’t hitchhike.
- Hold your purse tightly, close to your body. Keep your wallet in a front or in a buttoned, hip pocket.
- Be careful when people stop you for directions or information. Always reply from a distance—never get too close to the car.
- Wear clothes and shoes that give you freedom of movement.
- If you feel that you are in danger, don’t be afraid to scream and run.
Last updated: 9/10/2009 12:14:56 PM