Don’t Be a Target
Avoid excessive drinking, or if you have been drinking, recognize its impact on your judgment. Alcohol is a contributing factor in many assaults.
Keep valuables close. Women should not hang purses on the back of a chair. Men should put wallets in their pockets.
If possible, don’t walk alone during late-night hours. Walk in groups whenever you can — there is always safety in numbers.
Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible. Avoid alleys, vacant lots, wooded areas, and other short-cuts or secluded areas. These are usually not well-lit or heavily traveled.
Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. Walk close to the curb to avoid doorways, bushes, and other potential hiding places.
Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Don’t stop to talk to strangers.
Always be aware of your surroundings.
If you are wearing headphones, don’t turn up the volume so high that you cannot hear outside noises.
Avoid carrying large sums of cash, or displaying expensive jewelry, etc. in public.
If you must carry large sums, divide the cash into smaller quantities and carry in multiple places on your person (wallet, purse, side pocket, etc.).