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On the Street
Public Safety encourages you to make the following steps a part of your daily routine. Make it a habit to be cautious on or off campus, in buildings and in transit. Trust your gut feeling that something may be wrong.
- Most importantly, be observant and aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Stay on populated, well-lit streets. Avoid shrubbery, dark areas near buildings and other places an attacker might hide.
- Avoid shortcuts or walking alone at night.
- Don't wear headphones. They block your ability to hear someone approach you.
- Look around as you walk and be aware of you or surroundings. Make it difficult for anyone to take you by surprise. Walk confidently at a steady pace.
- Carry something that can make a loud noise that can scare off possible attackers.
- If using public transportation, sit near the driver.
- If you have gotten a ride in a cab or from a friend, ask the driver to wait and watch until you are safely inside your destination.
- Be cautious about displaying your social security number, cash or credit cards.
- If you carry a handbag, hold it close to your body with fastener closed and turned toward your body so a thief cannot grab it and cause injury or knock you down.
- If you are attacked, scream, yell, kick and try to get away. Run towards people and get help.