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  • 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