Personal Safety on the Street

When on the Street

  • Be alert to your surroundings and the people around you, especially if you are alone or it is dark
  • Do not respond to conversation from strangers on the street, continue walking
  • If you carry a purse, carry it securely between your arm and your body
  • Make eye contact with people when walking
  • Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible
  • Walk close to the curb. Avoid doorways, bushes and alleys where someone could hide
  • Walk confidently and at a steady pace
  • Whenever possible, travel with a friend
  • Although a purse snatcher's intent is to steal the purse, your personal safety may depend on not clinging to it