Streetwise: “The Way to Be”
Keeping Street Sense in Mind
- Stay Alert and tuned into your surroundings wherever you are
- Send the message that you’re calm, confident, and know where you’re going
- Don’t accept rides or gifts from someone you don’t know well and trust
- Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or situation and leave as soon as possible.
- Know the neighborhoods where you live, go to school, and work. Keep in mind locations of fire and police stations and campus blue light phones.
Strolling – Day and Night
- Try to walk places with your friends rather than alone.
- Stick to well-lighted, well traveled streets. Avoid shortcuts through wooded areas, parking lots, or alleys.
- Take the safest route when traveling on foot.
- Don’t display your cash or any other inviting targets such as IPods and cell phones.
- Carry your backpack or purse close to your body and keep it closed. If you are just carrying your wallet. Put it inside your coat or front pants pocket, not in your back pocket or in your backpack.
- Have your car or house keys in your hand before you reach the door.
- If you think you are being followed switch directions or cross the street. If they’re still there, move quickly toward an area with more people. Don’t be afraid to yell for help.
- If you have to work or study late? Make sure there are others in the building and they are aware of you. When you are ready to leave call for a safety escort.
- If someone tries to rob you give up your property – don’t give up your life. Report the crime to the police immediately. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.
- Be alert and report all suspicious activity.
This information is brought to you by the National Crime Prevention Council.