Walking Safety

  1. Be aware of what is around you.
  2. Carry only the essential cards and money.
  3. Walk close to the curb.
  4. Never assume a parked car is empty.
  5. Avoid walking by shrubbery, darkened doorways and alleys.
  6. If you carry a purse, briefcase or bag, keep a tight grip on it so no one can steal it.
  7. At night, stay in well-lit areas and use routes that appear more heavily traveled.
  8. Carry change or a phone card for an emergency phone call, even better, carry a cell phone.
  9. Avoid walking alone through isolated areas; avoid shortcuts through parking lots, parks and deserted areas.
  10. Do not accept rides from strangers or anyone who appears impaired (alcohol or drugs).
  11. If you know you will be returning late at night, consider what you will be wearing: Can you run quickly?

If you feel uncomfortable walking contact Safewalk or arrange for a Campus Security escort. Familiarize yourself with the locations of pay phones and blue light campus emergency phones. If you have a cell phone, dial 911 and keep your finger over the send button. Consider investing in a cellular phone. Even a cell phone without a contract can dial 911 as long as it has a charge and is in range of a cell tower.

If you are followed by a pedestrian:

Be aware of what is around you. Cross the street. Go directly to the nearest phone booth or open business and call for help. If followed to the phone booth, drop the receiver, drop down to the ground and press your back against the door with your feet against the wall. Continue to talk clearly and directly at the receiver. Remember to phone 911 in an emergency. You don't need money to make that call. Wait in the phone booth until police arrive.

If you are followed by a vehicle:

Turn and walk in the opposite direction. The driver will have to turn around and drive on the other side of the street to follow you. Get the license plate number and write it down! If necessary, write it on the sidewalk. Never try to outrun a vehicle. Change directions whenever necessary. Remember that you can do a U-turn faster than a car can. Seek help at a business or residence. Call police or Campus Security.