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No one can guarantee that you wont become a victim but there is much you can do to minimize your chances Using the buddy system while walking at night keeping to the more brightly lit areas being aware of your surroundings and using your head can all work to lessen your chances of becoming a victim Dont leave valuables such as a checkbook wallet cash or jewelry out in plain sight Never carry large sums of money on your person Open a checking account or get a creditdebit card that will replace the need to have cash on hand Go out with a friend not alone Walking alone especially at night is not a good idea Always walk purposefully and look confident DO NOT talk on your cell phone while walking Stay alert to your surroundings and the people in the area During darkness use lighted sidewalks and parking lots for your travels and avoid shortcuts on unlit paths or secluded areas Always let others know where youll be and when you plan on returning NEVER hitchhike or give people you dont know rides Accept rides from persons you know and trust If you are being harassed by someone who is in a car walk swiftly or run in the opposite direction to a safe area If youre really frightened scream Its better to be embarrassed than assaulted Try to remember the license plate number of the vehicle Lock all doors and close all windows when leaving your car whether its for just a few minutes or several hours Park in well-lit areas and try not to walk alone in parking lots at night Store valuables in the cars truck or at least hide them from the view of someone looking through the windows Stereo components cellular phones and radar detectors are the favorite items of thieves Record the serial numbers of these items and secure them when parking your
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