There are things you can do to reduce your chances of being
sexually assaulted. Follow these tips from the National Crime Prevention
Be aware of your
surroundings — who’s out there and what’s going on.
Walk with confidence. The
more confident you look, the stronger you appear.
Know your limits when it
comes to using alcohol.
Be assertive — don’t let
anyone violate your space.
Trust your instincts. If
you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings, leave.
Don’t prop open
Lock your door and your
windows, even if you leave for just a few minutes.
Watch your keys. Don’t lend
them. Don’t leave them. Don’t lose them. And don’t put your name and address on
the key ring.
Watch out for unwanted
visitors. Know who’s on the other side of the door before you open it.
Be wary of isolated spots,
like underground garages, offices after business hours, and apartment laundry
Avoid walking or jogging
alone, especially at night. Vary your route. Stay in well-traveled, well-lit
Have your key ready to use
before you reach the door — home, car, or work.
Park in well-lit areas and
lock the car, even if you’ll only be gone a few minutes.
Drive on well-traveled
streets, with doors and windows locked.
Never hitchhike or pick up
Keep your car in good shape
with plenty of gas in the tank.
In case of car trouble,
call for help on your cellular phone. If you don’t have a phone, put the hood
up, lock the doors, and put a banner in the rear mirror that says, “Help. Call