Going for a Walk or Run
Keep your cell phone on you so you can call 911 if needed
Don't carry large sums of money or unnecessary valuables.
If someone grabs your purse, do not resist.
- Let a friend or family member know where you’re going and when you plan to return.
- Avoid walking/running too closely to bushes or areas with any kind of tall overgrowth.
- If you are out after dark, carry a flashlight and avoid short cuts through parks, vacant lots or unlit areas.
- If listening to music, keep the volume at a low level so you can hear what's going on around you.
- Always walk/run on the sidewalk facing traffic. Facing traffic makes it more difficult for someone to drive up behind you without being noticed.
If you suspect you are being followed
- Go immediately to the nearest well-lit or populated area.
- Walk on the other side of the sidewalk/road than the accused stalker.
- If others are within hearing distance, turn to the person following you and say in a loud and assertive voice: "Stop following me!"
- If you carry a key, keep it in your hands while walking alone, especially in a parking lot.
- Contact Police immediately. In order to make this easier, always make sure to have a charged cell phone on you.
- If the person following you is driving a car, take out your phone, and record the license plate.
If you are attacked
- Noise is your most immediate defense. Not only will sound attract attention to you and make your location known, but it may also scare off the attacker.
- If possible, run in the direction of help (well-lit and/or busy areas). An assailant usually will not engage in a pursuit because it could increase the possibility of getting caught.
- If the attacker is wanting your personal valuables (cell phone, purse etc.), drop them on the ground and run.
- In considering your reactions to different situations, keep these three basic rules in mind.
- Try to remain calm so you can think clearly on the best way to react.
- Trust your instincts.
- Don't be afraid to be impolite or make a scene; this is especially important if someone you know threatens or attacks you.
- Try to remember full features of the accused: (complexion, body build, height, weight, age, and type of clothing worn by the attacker). If possible, take a picture or write down notes in your cell phone.
Alcohol makes you more vulnerable, it impairs your judgment, reflexes, and response time, so if you drink, do so in moderation. Be aware of the source of the alcohol and who may have had access to tamper with it before you drink. Always have a trusted group of friends around when you drink. Always have a sober friend with you, regardless of whether or not you require a designated driver, so this friend can use their sober judgment to help keep you safe.
Use caution when taking unknown shortcuts through isolated parts of the campus, especially at night and in secluded areas. Consider traveling with friends.
- If you must be in an isolated area (e.g., working or studying alone in labs or offices) lock the doors and tell a friend where you are and when you plan to leave.
- If you must travel alone, carry a cell phone, even if you have a cell phone, you should know the location of campus emergency telephones on your routes.
- Know the location of campus emergency telephones on routes to and from campus destinations.
- Keep personal belongings in view while eating, meeting, or shopping on campus.
Using Bank Machines
- Whenever possible use bank machines in well-lit highly visible locations during busy periods.
- If you must use a bank machine during inactive periods, consider using a drive-through.
- Avoid after-hours access to bank machines where you are not visible or cannot see into the bank machine area prior to entering it.
- Avoid using bank machines in areas that you are unfamiliar at night.
- If you absolutely must access a bank machine after hours in an unfamiliar area, consider using the buddy system or drive around the area before you access your cash or get out of your car.
- Avoid using a bank machine if the door lock seems defective.
- Be prepared to start your banking as soon as you arrive at the machine.
- Be aware of your surroundings and always make sure that no one has the opportunity to see you entering your pin number or look over your shoulder.
- Do not leave anything behind.
In Your Home
Answer your door with it closed and locked. Learn to speak through the closed door.
Install good locks and use them. Avoid using chain locks. They present little deterrent to an aggressive person.
Your door should be equipped with a door viewer.
Don't hide keys outside. Leave it with a trusted neighbour.
Secure all windows. Draw window shades or drapes after dark and don't leave accessible windows open while you sleep.
Never open the door to strangers. Verify identification of visitors, sales and service people. Check with the company to see if they sent a representative.
Should a stranger request to use your phone, do not allow the person to enter your home. Offer to make the call for them. Even if it's a woman, don't unlock your door.
Don't reveal personal information to anyone on the phone or at your door.
- Do not list your address in the phone book
- Use your first initial and last name in the phone book, never your first name
- When not at home, use an answering machine. Have it answer that you cannot come to the phone, rather than saying you are not home.
- Don't give any personal information out if called about surveys, contests, subscription drives, purchases or deliveries until the source of the call has been verified. Ask for a number they can be called back at and confirm that number in the phone book or online.
- Never give your name, address, or phone number to someone you do not know.
- Never give any information to “wrong number” callers, ask for the number they are trying to dial.
- If caller asks for someone who is not there, say they cannot come to the phone and ask for a name and number.
- When you first realize the caller is obscene or harassing, hang up immediately. Do not listen to them or show any type of emotional response. Report continuing incidents to the telephone company and police.
Workplace Violence \
Avoid isolated or deserted stairways.
Call security or the police if you see someone in the building you don't recognize.
If working after hours, keep all doors and windows locked.
Try and arrange to have a co-worker stay with you.
When you finish working, go to your vehicles together. Ensure the other is safely in their vehicle and on their way before you leave. Leave together if possible.
If the company has security, advise them you're working late and ask if they can check in on you periodically.
Advise security when you're leaving and have them escort you to your vehicle.
If alone, contact your family/friend and advise them that you'll be working late and will call before you leave and advise them of your route home.
- While waiting for an elevator, stand off to the side; this gives you the opportunity to view inside and removes your obligation to enter if you are unsure of the occupants. If in doubt concerning people in an elevator, do not get on; just wait for the next one.
- If someone gets on the elevator after you and you're not comfortable with them, get off.
- Stand near the control panel.
- If confronted, push all the floor buttons and the emergency button, DO NOT push the stop button; you may get trapped between floors.