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Personal Awareness

Raise your awareness to potential dangers by following these guidelines:

  • Walk with confidence and be aware of your surroundings, limiting distractions such as talking on your cell phone, texting and listening to music wearing headphones
  • When walking, choose populated areas, well-lit streets and avoid vacant lots, alleyways and isolated areas
  • Use sidewalks when available and walk facing oncoming traffic, knowing exactly where you are at all times
  • Carry a cell phone with you in the event of an emergency
  • Don’t carry excess money, credit cards or valuables and if carrying a bag or purse, be prepared to let it go if it’s grabbed
  • When approaching your vehicle, have your keys ready, check the backseat before entering and leave immediately so predators don’t have the time or the opportunity to approach you
  • When walking, if you feel like you’re being followed or threatened, safely cross the street or run in the opposite direction
  • If you are in trouble, scream loudly and yell for help
  • Consider carrying a whistle or personal alarm to use to attract attention to yourself
  • When walking in the dark, carry a flashlight and wear light coloured clothing
  • When driving, always plan your route and avoid deserted areas and streets
  • Do not pick up hitchhikers
  • If you suspect someone is following you, pull into a nearby parking lot, gas station or other public place, but DO NOT drive home
  • Always ensure there is a road map in your vehicle in the event you get lost as your cell phone may run out of battery, or lose service
  • Report suspicious activity or people to police at 519-376-1234