Try to never walk alone! The majority of violent crimes happen to a lone victim.
Deserted streets, dense woods, dark alleys, and parking lots at night are risky areas and can make you a prime target.
Always walk routes you know, and make sure they have lights at night.
Try to only carry cash you need; flashing large amounts is asking for trouble.
Never hitchhike! You don’t know what the person in the car is really after. And don’t pick up any hitchhikers; you never know who is getting into your car.
Always tell a friend or family member where you’re going and when you’ll return. If too much time has passed and they can’t reach you, they can call for help.
Be sure if you carry a cell phone it’s fully charged! A dead phone can’t make a call!
If you are out at night, try and park under a street lamp. Make sure to fully lock your doors when you leave the parking lot.
Walk with a purpose; be alert to your surroundings.
Ladies, keep your purse close to your side and make sure it has a zipper or a flap.
Start carrying a whistle or some sort of noise maker. Never be afraid to use it if the situation arises.
Having your keys in your hand as you walk to your car is handy; it lets you unlock the door faster and can make a weapon if need be.
If working or out late, walk with a friend or co-worker to your car.
If the car behind you keeps flashing their headlights, don’t pull over! Police officers will have red and blue flashing lights.
If you’re being followed, don’t drive home. Instead, drive to the nearest police station, fire station, city hall, or other public building. Try and get a look at the person and car following you.
If your car breaks down, pull over. Put up the hood, turn on the flashers, and tie a handkerchief to the antenna. Then get in the car, lock the doors, roll up the windows and turn the engine off. If you have a cell phone, call for help. If someone stops, roll down your window just enough to ask for them to call for help.