Walking Safety

  • Do not overload yourself with books or packages. Try to keep your hands free.
  • If you think someone is following you, cross the street, walk faster, or even walk down the middle of the street. Try to get to a lighted area, public place, or to a group of people.
  • Avoid areas overgrown with trees, weeds, and shrubbery.
  • Avoid walking alone when intoxicated, upset, or depressed.
  • Never hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.
  • Walk with an air of confidence and aggressiveness.
  • Carry keys clenched in your fist, with sharp edges protruding out through your fingers.
  • Always have keys ready to open the door. Do not fumble through bags or pockets for long periods of time. This diverts your attention away from your surroundings.
  • If your purse or backpack is snatched, do NOT fight it. There is nothing in it that cannot be replaced.