Unfortunately, crime can happen to anyone, anywhere. But you
can help reduce your risk of becoming a victim when you're
outside your home with these common sense guidelines:
Be alert to your surroundings - especially after dark.
If you're walking alone after dark, stay in well-lit areas as
much as possible.
Walk with confidence, in a direct and steady pace. Potential
assailants look for people who appear vulnerable.
Walk on the side of the street facing oncoming traffic.
Walk close to the curb avoiding doorways, bushes and alleys
where someone could be hiding.
If you suspect you're being followed, walk quickly to a
lighted area where there are other people. If a car appears to be
following you, turn and walk in the opposite direction across the
Prepare yourself with a defensive
plan, before an attack occurs.
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