- Avoid walking alone.
- Walk on streets where there are other people.
- Stay alert to your surroundings at all times. Observe people and activities around you. Look confident and purposeful when you walk.
- Plan and use the safest and most direct route to your destination.
- Choose busy, well-lighted streets and avoid isolated areas, alleys, vacant lots, abandoned buildings and construction sites.
- Walk near the curb and do not pass too close to shrubbery, dark doorways and other places of concealment.
- Avoid shortcuts.
- Become familiar with stores and gas stations that stay open late at night, as well as MPD, sheriff, highway patrol and fire department locations.
- Walk facing traffic so you can see approaching cars.
- Carry a flashlight during hours of darkness.
- Be aware that wearing earphones connected to portable radios, cassette and CD players while walking can distract you and make you less able to sense potential danger.
- Always bring change with you for cab fare, bus fare or telephone calls in case you decide not to walk. Keep some extra money separate from your wallet or purse for emergencies.
- Never hitchhike and do not accept rides from strangers.
- Carry a personal alarm. Use the personal alarm to attract attention and to summon help if you feel you are in danger. Carry the personal alarm in your hand so that you can use it immediately. Whistles work well.
- If followed or threatened by someone in a car, use your personal alarm or scream loud and long, cross the street and run in the opposite direction. This will force the driver to turn the car around to pursue you. Try to obtain the license plate number and a description of the car and its occupant(s).
- If followed or threatened by someone who is walking, use your personal alarm or scream loud and long, cross the street and run in the opposite direction. Head for bright lights and people.
- If walking or jogging regularly, vary your routes and times, so that an attacker can not predict your location or routine.
- Do not display money or credit cards.
- Unless absolutely necessary, never wear expensive jewelry or carry large amounts of money.
- Keep your money and wallet in the inside pocket of your jacket or purse.
- Secure your purse or handbag under your arm so that it cannot be easily snatched.
- When arriving home by taxicab or limousine request the driver to wait until you are inside the house.
- Have your key ready so you can open the door to your house as soon as possible.
- If a door or window has been forced open or broken while you were out, do not enter your home, because a burglar may be inside. Use a neighbor's telephone to call the MPD. Advise the MPD you will wait at your neighbor's house until they arrive. Make sure to give them the address.