Away From Home

  • Walk or jog with a friend. Avoid jogging after dark. If you must jog at night, stay in well-lit, well-traveled areas.
  • Carry a whistle and don’t hesitate to use it to alert others you need help. Vary your pattern frequently.
  • Don’t wear headphones when jogging or biking. They significantly reduce your ability to hear and thus your awareness.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  • Don’t fight back if your purse or wallet is snatched. Throw it in one direction and run in the other rather than risk personal injury. Call the police immediately at 911.
  • Be careful when and where you patronize ATM machines. Accessing ATM cash machines in remote locations, particularly at night, could increase your risk of robbery and personal injury. While you are standing at the machine, keep turning around and scanning for people approaching you or loitering around.
  • Avoid working or studying alone in a building other than your residence at night.
  • Stand and walk tall with a brisk, purposeful stride. Make brief eye contact with someone who makes you feel uneasy to let them know that you see them and are not afraid, but don’t stare too long or prolong your glance.
  • Trust your instincts.