Always be alert and aware of your surroundings and of the people around you.
This is called situational awareness.
Make casual eye contact with people when walking.
Do not be easily distracted by your ‘smart phone’ (e.g. ‘texting’). Keep your head up.
Whenever possible, buddy-up to walk out into dark parking lots.
Always inform family or friends if you are travelling, and give them itinerary dates and locations you will visit.
Try to stay away from the brush or trees when walking or running. Always be prepared to run away from an attacker and scream.
Turn and go in the opposite direction of the car if a stranger approaches offering a ride. If possible, write down the license plate and description of the car.
Do not respond to conversation from strangers on the street.
Walk confidently, at a steady pace, and have your keys ready in your hand.
Avoid being on a cell phone or with earbuds in your ears (listening to music) – which dulls the awareness of your surroundings – which makes you an easier target.
Avoid dangerous places at night time, visit them during day time hours.
Stop and look around if you feel unsafe entering an area. You may want to return at a different time. Trust your instincts.
Avoid isolated bus or train stops. Otherwise, continuously look all around you. Be aware.
Don’t stay in the same spot and make yourself an easy target if at a bus or train stop and feel unsafe.