- Let someone know that you are going out alone. Tell them where you are heading and when you expect to return.
- When you go out alone, let your body language send the message that you are "in control." Project confidence and appear that you are headed to a specific destination.
- Stay alert.
- Stay in familiar areas that are well traveled and, in the evening, well-lit. Avoid alleys and off-street shortcuts that provide hiding places for thieves.
- Trust your instincts and, if something or someone makes you uneasy, cross the street, change directions or head for the nearest open store where there are people.
- Walk in the center of the sidewalk, not close to the street or building entrances or bushes.
- If you must carry a purse, hold it close, in front of your body, not by a shoulder strap. Carry your wallet in an inside jacket pocket or front pants pocket.
Never show large sums of money in public.
- Wear shoes that will allow you to run, if necessary.
- If you'll be out after dark, carry a flashlight.
- If you walk alone frequently, invest in a personal safety device that sounds a loud noise when activated. Carry it in your hand or around your wrist as a visible deterrent.
- Limit the items you carry. Do not burden yourself with packages.
- If you are leaving an event, heading for your car, walk with others. Have your car keys in your hand, ready to unlock your vehicle and enter quickly.