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While Walking

- Stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Keep track of who is in front of and behind you.

- Walk purposefully and with confidence, with your head up. Also make quick eye contact with thos around you.

- Don't wear shoes or clothing that restrict your movement.

- Trust your insticts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave.

- If you think someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward and open store, restaurant, or lighted house. If you're scared, yell for help.

- Walk with a group when possible and face traffic sp upi can see the approaching cars. Also, walk close to the curb, away from shrubbery and other dark places where a would-be attacker could be lurking. One thing about walking close to the curb is also to look for vans taht might be slowing down, it's very easy fr the side door to open, grab someone and drive away without anyone else seeing it. Avoid shortcuts through wooded areas, parking lots or alleys.

- Carry belongings close to your body, preferably, instead of a purse use a fanny pack, and do not flaunt expensive clothes or jewelery.

- Don't let a passerby distract you. Criminals sometimes work in pairs; for example one may distract you by asking for directions, fake an injury, or beg for money, while the other may be out of sight ready to attack. Watch your back.

- Avoid jogging or biking at night. Also consider NOT wearing headphones, it is safer to be alert.

- When using a public phone or talking on your cell phone, stay alert. Keep the call short and simple. Dont give off any personal information that may be ove heard by a would-be attacker.

- If youf eel threatened in an elevator, get off at the next floor. If attacked in an elevator, push the alarm button and as many floor buttons as possible.

- Follow you gut insticts and intuitions, most often your first impression is the most correct.

- God gave you a  brain, please use it.