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.
When walking, jogging, biking alone
- Plan your route to avoid isolated areas
- Vary your route, don’t be predictable
- Walk near a curb and away from alleys and doorways
Don’t overburden yourself with heavy parcels or a bulky purse
- 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.
When playing games on your mobile device
- Walking and playing is great; walking and playing in the middle of the street is not.
- 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.
When travelling at night
- Wear reflective gear.
- If riding on transit, ask the driver whether you can be let off closer to your destination.
When 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.
- If you are suddenly confronted by a predator who demands that you go with him, run away, yell for help, throw 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 you are robbed/assaulted:Tryto take note of what the suspect(s) looks like and their direction oftravel. Physical descriptors such as: height/weight, clothing, andvisible markings like scars, tattoos or piercings can help the policein later identifying the suspect. Callpolice as soon as it is safe to do so.
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