Street Safety

  • Use common sense; plan your route to avoid lonely areas such as parks, parking lots and garages and alleyways; stick to well lit areas.
  • Men carry wallets in your front pants pocket - hip pockets and inside vest pockets are the first places a pickpocket looks.
  • Women carry billfold or coin purse in inside pocket of your coat. Carry your purse like a football under your arm by turning it upside down and keeping your fingers on the clasp or zipper. Don't put purse straps over your shoulder or around your neck. A quick swish of a knife or razor can lose the purse.
  • Carry minimal possessions; overloading yourself interferes with your vision and makes you appear more vulnerable.
  • Get into the habit of paying close attention to your surroundings, and avoid "automatic pilot."
  • Walk with purpose, project an assertive or businesslike image.
  • Look ahead and anticipate potentially dangerous situations. If you see trouble, do you have a plan? Would you be willing to cross the street? Duck into a store or business that's open.
  • If a car follows you or beckons you while you are walking, do not approach the car; instead, turn and quickly walk the other direction.
  • If someone is following you on foot, cross the street and change direction.
  • Watch your body space; don't let people get too close; even if they appear to have a reason, like asking for time, change, etc.
  • Consider low profile shoes and clothing, especially when walking, waiting for the bus, etc.
  • When entering a facility; movie theater, concert hall, hotel, sporting event, (any place where there are a lot of people), always scope out the emergency exits. Law requires that these exits be illuminated and clearly marked with EXIT signs. The first thing you do when entering a crowded bar or concert should be to find the exits. Be prepared to exit swiftly and without panic should a crisis happen. Also be prepared to find these exits should the lights go out or you need to be low to the ground. Fire, smoke and too many people trying to go the in same direction often can kill. By scoping out the exits early you will be prepared if need be.