• Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Consider carrying a noise-making device with you at all times, and use it if you suspect you are in danger. (yell, blow whistle etc.)
  • If you are a victim of an attack, attempt to make as much commotion as possible so that you attract attention.
  • Have a plan in place to deal with a violent situation, if it should occur.
  • Walk with someone else, whenever possible.
  • Always carry a cellular telephone (if possible).
  • Avoid dark, vacant, or deserted areas; use well-lit routes.
  • Walk near the curb on the side of the street facing traffic.
  • If you think you are being followed while walking, change direction and head for a well-lit area with other people around. Cross to the other side of the street rather than confront an individual alone in an isolated area.