Be street smart
When you are out alone, be prepared for anything that may put you at risk.
- Keep your head up, stay alert, and be aware of your surroundings.
- Take note of the people, businesses, and sources of assistance in the area.
- Avoid a person or a situation which does not feel safe.
- Keep a safe distance (two arm lengths) from strangers and cars that approach you.
- It’s okay to say no to strangers who ask you to do something for them, such as: help them find a lost pet, join them in an activity or game, or give them directions.
Walking, jogging, or biking alone
- Plan your route to avoid isolated areas
- Vary your route, and don’t be predictable
- Walk near a curb and away from alleys and doorways
- Cross only at designated intersections
Don’t overburden yourself with heavy items
- Use a money belt or pouch to conceal money and important documents.
- Don’t display cash in public.
- Always carry personal identification, medical and emergency contact information with you.
- Make sure backpacks are fitted properly and not overloaded.
Using your mobile device
- Don't ride and play! That also applies to skateboards, roller blades, or anything else with wheels.
- Be aware of your surroundings. As you are concentrating on your game, someone may be watching. This makes you an easy target for a crime.
- Keep an eye on your device battery. You don't want to find yourself in a situation where you have no way to call for help.
Travelling at night
- Wear reflective gear.
- If riding on transit, always sit near the bus driver. Ask the driver if you can be let off closer to your destination.
Travelling alone in a car
Lock all doors and keep windows up when driving. Most car-jackings take place when vehicles are stopped at intersections.
What to do
If you believe you are being followed: Cross the street, go to the nearest group of people or business, and call the police. Run to a safe location like an open store, and look for someone with a nametag.
If you are suddenly confronted by a predator who demands that you go with them: Run away, yell for help, or make a lot of noise. Try to create a disturbance by knocking things over, scattering belongings, kicking wildly, or throwing a rock through a store or car window. Do whatever you can to attract attention.
If the criminal is after your purse or other material items: Throw them one way while you run the other way.
If someone you do not know asks you personal questions: Do not answer. Run away or leave the situation immediately.
If you are robbed/assaulted: Try to take note of what the suspect(s) looks like and their direction of travel. Physical descriptors such as: height/weight, clothing, and visible markings like scars, tattoos or piercings can help the police in later identifying the suspect. If a vehicle is involved, try to take notes describing the suspicious vehicle, license plate, and the stranger’s description. Call the police as soon as it is safe to do so.
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