The University Record, May 23, 1994

Recommended precautions

  • Be aware of your surroundings and trust your intuition.

  • Walk near a curb or down the middle of the street when sidewalks are dark.

  • Watch for lighted houses or businesses where you could seek help in an emergency.

  • Wear shoes you can run in.

  • Walk briskly and confidently.

  • Vary your usual route.

  • Carry a whistle or hand alarm and have it ready.

  • If you suspect someone is following you, turn around confidently and check. If so, scream, or blow your whistle or activate your alarm while running to a lighted house or business.

  • Stand near the emergency button in the elevator.

    Precautions at home include:

  • Have deadbolt locks, chain locks and peepholes on doors, and use them.

  • Put locks on windows.

  • Insist that visitors identify themselves before you open the door.

  • Ask service people for identification. If you have doubts, call the company to verify.

  • Never tell someone you don’t know well that you are home alone.

  • If you discover someone has entered your home while you were gone, leave quietly and call the police from a neighbor’s phone.