Millions of people walk every day for health without encountering people who want to do them harm. The fact that most of us will never be attacked while we are walking does not mean that we should not be aware of a few simple safety tips.
Here are some tips to keep you safe on your walk:
- Many people enjoy walking alone. If you walk alone, be sure to stick to well-known, well-populated areas, and avoid walking alone once it gets dark.
- If you have one take your dog with you. It does not matter how big or small they are, they will make a lot of noise if something out of the ordinary happens. It will also make you a less desirable target.
- If you are going to walk a long distance or drive to an unfamiliar area, let someone else know your intended route, and when they can expect you home.
- Keep your cell phone handy for use in an emergency. Program an In Case of Emergency (ICE) number into your phone. In the unlikely event that you run into a problem, this well let people coming to your aid know who to call. At the very least carry personal identification.
- Potential attackers try to identify people who aren’t paying attention to their surroundings, so whether you are alone or walking with a partner be observant.
- People walking in pairs can be at a higher risk if they are paying more attention to their conversation than their surroundings.
- Listen to your instincts and be willing to vary your route if you notice something or someone that is out of the ordinary
- Leave your jewelry and credit cards at home
- Avoid walking in or by alley’s and high hedges or shrubbery
- Ignore verbal harassment
- If you feel threatened scream and make a lot of noise, better yet carry a whistle with you
- Walk with a purpose