Do you ever have the feeling you are being watched when you are shopping or jogging? Statistics suggest that no one is immune to crime. The odds are four out of five that you will be a victim of violence, whether a simple assault or armed robbery. The odds can be changed.

Here are some basic steps to ensure your safety:

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Know who is near you and what is taking place.
  • Avoid high-crime areas.
  • Donít let alcohol or drugs cloud your judgment.
  • Trust your instincts; if you feel uneasy, leave.

Safety tips for walking:

  • Avoid walking alone
  • Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace, do not appear afraid or lost.
  • Avoid walking at night. If you must, stay in a well-lighted area
  • Stick to well-traveled streets, avoid shortcuts
  • Donít wear shoes or clothing that restrict your movements
  • Donít show money or other items like expensive jewelry/clothing
  • Carry your purse close to your body. Put your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket
  • If you believe someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. Walk toward an open business or lighted house
  • Never accept rides from strangers
  • Be careful when giving directions to pedestrians or motorists. Keep a safe distance to avoid getting grabbed or dragged into an automobile