Personal Safety on the Street

Released: January 3, 2024 at 7:13 a.m.

The most effective measure you can take to protective yourself against crime is to stay alert to your surroundings and trust your instincts.


Stay alert. Be aware.

  • Walk in groups of two or more.
  • Put away distractions. Don't display valuable items such as phones, headphones or laptops.
  • Carry a personal alarm.
  • Plan a route and stick to it.
  • Familiarize yourself with the area you are in and where you are going.
  • Use populated paths when walking, jogging or cycling.
  • Stay in well-lit areas.
  • Walk confidently.
  • Tell someone your destination and route.
  • If you think you are being followed, change direction and head for a populated area.
  • Criminals associate purses and wallets with money and valuables. Do not carry a purse with a strap across you or wrapped around your wrist.
  • Only carry what you need.
  • If you feel unsafe in a situation or place, leave immediately.

When encountering a panhandler

  • Say no politely.
  • Do not swear or be abusive.
  • If you want to help someone on the street, consider giving your money to local registered charity.

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