Personal safety is first and foremost an individual responsibility. Ask yourself, “Through my actions and behaviors, am I increasing the chances that I may become the victim of a crime?” Personal safety has to start with the use of your common sense, easily ignored in our busy everyday lives. The following personal safety tips are nothing new, but it is important to be reminded of them from time to time.
- Do not walk alone! Always try to walk with another person or with a group of people.
- Do not walk in dimly lit areas or take risky shortcuts. Use well-traveled and well-lit sidewalks and roadways.
- Do not jog or run alone. Run with a partner. It's more fun and definitely safer.
- Try to avoid carrying large amounts of cash and avoid flashing money around. Money attracts attention!
- Avoid wearing Walkman-style headphones, especially at night, while walking, running, or driving. Headphones can prevent you from hearing what is going on around you.
- If you feel that you are being followed or sense that something is wrong in your immediate environment, change direction or cross the street and head for any well-lit area, any occupied building, or to an emergency phone.
- If you feel threatened, scream “help!” Remember a criminal does not like noise or attention.
- Avoid overloading yourself with an excessive number of books, and/or shopping bags, etc., when walking.
- If you are confronted by a thief, give up your purse or wallet. Money, credit cards, and other property can easily be replaced. You cannot!
- Use the shuttle bus and escort services provided by Public Safety. These services are available Sunday through Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Thursday through Saturday 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.