Protecting Yourself Against Assault
Although we cannot guarantee that you will never be a victim of assault or rape, there are several steps you can take to minimize your chances of being a victim.
The following are suggestions for you to incorporate into your daily living routine:
On the Street
• Do not walk alone unless you absolutely have to.
• Be aware of what is happening around you. Know where you are and where you are going.
• If you walk home from work regularly, vary your route. Do not be predictable! Walk away from bushes, alleys, and dark entryways. Stay in well-lighted areas.
• Do not be surprised. Attackers rely on the element of surprise. Do not wear headphones while walking alone.
• Trust your instincts. If you think you are being followed, walk towards a busy, lighted area. Scream loudly to attract attention, then tell someone to call the police because you are being followed.
• If someone bothers you from a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction. If possible get a license plate number. Then when you are in a safe place, notify the police department.
• When you are walking, keep one hand free. Keep your purse close to your body. If you are carrying books or packages, be prepared to drop them. Nothing you are carrying is worth your life. Drop it and run.
Jogging on the Streets
• It is safer to be with a friend or group
• Avoid running during the evening hours on the streets away from campus.
• When running during the evening hours, run with a friend or group.
• The track located in Sawyer Center is available for use many hours of the day and evening.
In Your Car
• Have your keys in your hand as your approach your car. Do not fumble around with your attention focused on something other than what is happening around you.
• Always look inside your car to the back seat and the floor before you get in.
• Keep your car doors locked and your windows up when you drive.
• Do not let the gas run empty. You do not want to have to stop for gas in places where you would not want to walk.
Be prepared for emergencies
• Carry a flashlight and flares or reflectors and an emergency manual in the car.
• Know how to change a tire. Make certain the spare tire is in good condition, and that the proper jack and all its parts are in the car.
• If your car breaks down at night, put on your emergency flashers and place a flare about twenty feet behind your car. Remain in your car with the doors locked and the windows closed until police arrive.
• If another motorist stops to assist you, roll the window down a crack and ask him/her to call the police or a towing service for you.
• Always keep enough money in your car to make an emergency phone call.
• Have a cell phone to have with you for emergencies.