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Personal Street Safety

General Safety Tips

  • Listen to your gut – If you have a weird feeling about someone, listen to your intuition. If a situation doesn’t feel right, get out of there.
  • ALWAYS be aware of what’s going on around you. If you’re in a social setting, be aware of any situation that puts you in a vulnerable position. Walk with a purpose and be aware of your surroundings.

Being Safe on the Street

  • We all have a right to walk down the street without being accosted. But be aware that walking alone at night can sometimes be dangerous.
  • If you feel that someone is following you, or a group of people ahead are making you feel uncomfortable, cross the street or walk in a different direction. If there are other people around, ask if you can walk with them. Or choose a safe place (store, lit transit stop, etc.) where you can either face the pursuer or reassure yourself you’re not being followed.
  • Be careful of possible places where a criminal may hide to ambush you. Be aware of shrubbery, building, alleys and trees when walking alone.
  • Have your car or house keys at the ready. Don’t fumble for them in your pocket or purse.
  • Try to keep at least one arm free if you’re carrying packages. If both arms are full, be prepared to drop everything quickly.
  • If you’re waiting for public transportation, make sure no one can surprise you from behind. Make sure your back is against a pole or wall.
  • Don’t look lost. If you’re somewhere that you’re unfamiliar with, check a map and find out where you’re going.

If You Are Confronted

  • Telling a thief that you don’t have any money may seem like a good idea, but this may just anger them. Give the thief whatever they ask for to end the situation. It’s only money.
  • If someone has a weapon or implies that they have a weapon, give them what they ask for. It’s better to not resist than to lose your life.
  • If someone physically attacks you, make as big a scene as you can. Fight, scream or kick the assailant. Do whatever you can to attract attention or escape.
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