Safety on the Street
Most street crimes can be avoided by following a few simple precautionary steps:
Be alert and cautious…
- Take note of people around you; don’t feel pressured into talking to strangers.
- In public, look people in the eye and walk with confidence. If you suspect a problem, go to the nearest public place or populated area and request assistance.
- Walk only in well-lit areas, away from alleys and doorways. Stay away from shortcuts where you may be alone and vulnerable.
- When someone takes you home, have the driver wait until you are safe inside.
When you are out walking…
Keep a record of all
documents that you
have inside your
wallet or purse and
store the list
- When crossing at intersections, be sure you have eye contact with drivers who are turning, as they may not see you.
- Be aware of possible hazards such as sidewalks in disrepair or covered by snow or ice.
- Be alert to cyclists, roller bladers or skateboarders.
- If walking after dark, wear or carry something reflective.
When carrying a purse or wallet…
- Whenever possible, do not carry a purse. Consider using a fanny pack or carrying your wallet in your front pants pocket.
- When opening your purse or wallet in a shop, bank or at an automated teller machine, never allow anyone to see how much money you have in your possession.
- Always keep your purse close to you. When shopping, don’t let yourself be distracted by strangers. Never leave your purse unattended in shopping carts, on store counters, or on the floor at your table in a restaurant.