On the Street...While Walking
- Act confident. Look and be alert about the people around you.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Cross the street or change
direction if you think you are being followed.
- Be careful when people ask you for directions. Reply from a
distance rather than getting too close to a car.
- Travel with a friend whenever possible to reduce the chances of
being attacked. This includes going to public restrooms.
- Wear clothes and shoes that give freedom of movement.
- Vary your route if possible.
- Notice cars that pull up beside you or pass you more than once.
- Keep one hand free when walking.
- Carry change for bus fare or a telephone call.
- Do not hesitate to get attention however you can if you are in
trouble. Do not be afraid to make a scene.
- If you travel a regular route at night, become familiar with
stores that stay open, gas stations, and other places where there
will be people.
- If you use a wheelchair, try to check your destinations ahead of
time for accessible entrances.
- For an emergency, use a public phone to dial 911 (no coin is
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