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On The Street
  • Don't hitchhike.
  • Be very careful using outside ATMs at night or in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • When on the street, walk facing oncoming traffic. It will be harder for someone to pull you into a car and abduct you.
  • Tell someone where you'll be and what time you're supposed to return, or if you will be with someone you don't know well.
  • Try to not overload yourself with packages. If you must have your hands full, visualize how you would respond if approached, how you would get your hands free, etc.
  • Do not wear music headphones while walking or jogging.
  • Do not read while walking or standing on the street.
  • If you wear a purse with a shoulder strap, be prepared to let it go if snatched. Otherwise you may be hurt if the mugger knocks you down and drags you while fleeing with your purse.
  • If someone asks you for directions, and if you choose to reply, remain at least two arms lengths away.
  • Clogs, high heels, and tight skirts are hard to run and fight in. Capes, scarves, and long necklaces are easy to grab. Modify your fashion style, or wear comfortable clothing when walking alone (change into dress-up clothes later), or think through how you would fight in your dress-up clothes (for example, kicking off your high heels or hiking your skirt up around your hips before starting to run or kick).
  • Avoid being on the street alone if you are upset or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or have someone go with you.
  • When dropping someone off at their home, make sure they are safely inside before driving away. Have them do the same for you.