Walking and Street Safety

  • Stay in well-lit, well-traveled streets. Walk halfway between curbs and buildings, away from alleys, entries, and bushes. Avoid shortcuts through wooded areas, parking lots, or alleys. 
  • Try to travel in pairs. It reduces your chance of being a victim of a street crime. 
  • Don’t flash large amounts of cash or other tempting targets like expensive jewelry or clothing.
  • If you are followed, be suspicious. Keep looking behind you and you may discourage the follower. If someone is following you on foot, cross the street, change directions, or vary your pace. If someone follows you in a car, turn around and walk in the opposite direction.
  • Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put your wallet in your inside coat or front pants pocket, not a back pocket. 
  • Try to use automated teller machines in the daytime. Have your card in hand and don’t approach the machine if you’re uneasy about people nearby. 
  • Don’t wear shoes or clothing that restricts your movements.
  • Plan the safest route to your destination and use it.
  • Have your car or house key in hand before you reach the door. 
  • Never hitchhike or “hack.” Use university escort van services. It's worth the wait.
  • Avoid using cellphones or MP3 players while walking. Suspects target phones and other items in plain view.
  • Stay alert at all times and be aware of your surroundings.

Jogging and Outdoor Activities

  • Wearing headphones while jogging can reduce your level of alertness.
  • Jog in a familiar area. Do not jog in a heavily wooded, poorly lighted, or secluded area.
  • While jogging avoid shortcuts through deserted parks, vacant lots, or unlit pathways.
  • Stay away from shrubbery, trees, or doorways that can provide concealment.
  • Wear brightly colored clothing to improve visibility.
  • Avoid jogging at night.
  • Consider carrying a whistle or other noisemaker and sound it loudly if you are accosted or feel threatened.
  • If followed, go to the nearest residence, open business, or group of people. Call police.
  • Carry some form of identification.
  • Never leave your belongings unattended anywhere.