Ensuring Personal Safety

  • Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night.

  • When parking, walking or returning to your car, travel in well-lit and populated areas.

  • Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.

  • Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles. Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.

  • Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.

  • Keep a whistle within reach. If threatened, use the whistle to signal residents for help. Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” or “Rape!” are ways of drawing attention and alerting people of your situation.

  • Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.

  • Carry a cell phone and call ahead to your destination to alert them that you’re on the way. Make sure you’re expected at a certain time, so in the event you fail to show up, those expecting you will know enough to begin looking for you.

  • Walk with confidence. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Anyone at anytime can be a victim of crime so never assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”

  • If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to defend, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.

  • If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk towards an open store, restaurant or residence.