On the Street

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.┬áRun towards people and get help.