in well-lit, well-traveled streets. Walk halfway between
and buildings, away from alleys, entries, and bushes.
through wooded areas, parking lots, or alleys.
to travel in pairs. It reduces your chance of being a victim
flash large amounts of cash or other tempting targets like
expensive jewelry or clothing.
• If you are followed, be suspicious. Keep looking behind
you and you may
discourage the follower. If someone is following
you on foot, cross the
street, change directions, or vary your pace. If
someone follows you in
a car, turn around and walk in the opposite direction.
a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps.
your wallet in your inside coat or front pants pocket,
not a back pocket.
to use automated teller machines in the daytime. Have your
in hand and don’t approach the machine if you’re
wear shoes or clothing that restrict your movements.
• Plan the safest route to your destination and use it.
your car or house key in hand before you reach the door.
hitchhike, or “hack”. Use university escort
van services. It's worth
• Avoid using cell phones or MP3 players while walking.
phones and other items in plain view.