On the Street

Prevention Tips

  • An attacker expects a passive victim, so if you walk slowly or as if in a daze, you will seem vulnerable. Walk at a steady pace, appear confident and purposeful.
  • Be alert to what's around you. Listen for footsteps and voices nearby. Look around.
  • If you think you are being followed, change your pace. If the person changes his pace to coincide with yours, cross the street, get to lighted areas and draw attention to yourself.
  • When being followed by a vehicle, quickly turn around and walk in the opposite direction. Keep more than an arms distance from vehicles, even if the occupants are asking for directions.
  • Do not take shortcuts through alleys or parking lots. Stay with a group when possible.
  • Never get into a stranger's vehicle, even if your car breaks down.
    • If being forced to enter a vehicle on a city street, your chances of getting help are better there than in a deserted area where the person may plan to take you.