Here are some simple tips on how to stay safe while running, walking, or jogging.
Before you go
- Scout your route. Know how long your route is, approximately how long it will take to run it, and where you can go in case of emergency.
- If you drive to your running location do not hide your wallet or purse in your vehicle. Instead, plan ahead and leave personal items such as purses and wallets at home or in another secure location. Take your drivers license and a small amount of cash or a credit or debit card with you.
- Be sure to lock your vehicle doors and close the windows before leaving the parking lot.
- Do not become predictable. Alter your route and the time of day you go out.
While you’re out
- Run, walk, or jog with a partner. If your partner is unavailable call a friend or family member before you leave and let them know where you’re going and what time you’ll be back. Call again when you’re finished and let them know you’re back.
- Avoid uninhabited streets, derelict areas, and isolated trails.
- Carry a cell phone.
- Carry ID and pertinent medical information with you in case of an emergency.
- Run, walk, or jog against traffic so that you can watch approaching vehicles.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Know how many people are in front of you and how many behind.
- Always be aware of your environment.
- Keep your head up and your eyes open.
- Wear reflective clothing if you are running before dawn or after dusk.
- Take your dog with you. Most dogs love to go out and can act as a criminal deterrent. Take a plastic bag with you so you can clean up after your dog.
- Run to populated areas, busy streets or open businesses if you feel threatened in any way. Do not panic.
- Enjoy your run, walk, or jog.