• Park your car a well-lit uncovered lot, preferably one with security guards. Park as close to the entrance as possible, or near a light.
  • Remember where you have parked so you can easily find your vehicle upon your return.Notice landmarks and proximity in the lot.
  • Do not park near a van, which can block an assault from the view of others and can hide offenders.
  • Always keep your doors locked while you are in your vehicle.
  • Do not leave a woman’s jacket or other women’s clothing readily visible in the car.
  • Look around before getting out of your car to make certain that no one is approaching.
  • Be aware of anyone who might be cutting between cars and be alert to vehicles driving around the lot.
  • Keep your keys in hand. Do not be searching for them in a parking lot or outside your office door.
  • Carry your handbag close to and in front of you, not looped over your head and shoulder.If an offender grabs your bag, you would be dragged with it.
  • Do not carry valuables or original copies of important documents. Be prepared to give up your purse or briefcase but not yourself.
  • When walking, maintain a steady pace with your head up. Keep shoulders back, look confident and make eye contact momentarily as you pass people.
  • If you must work late, make sure there are others in the building, and ask someone — a colleague or security guard — to walk you to your car or transit. Always leave your building or location with someone.
  • Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings. Send the message that you’re calm, confident, and know where you’re going.
  • Continuously check your reflection in windows as you pass, and notice people who may be in your vicinity – has their pace changed? Have they suddenly disappeared from your view?
  • Change out of your heels for your walk to your vehicle or public transit.
  • If it feels like someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Run to an open store, restaurant, or lighted house. Yell for help (yelling or shouting will often change the intent of a potential offender).
  • If you are riding public transit, notice who gets off with you. If you feel uneasy, walk directly to a place where there are other people, or get back on the bus or train.
  • Don’t wear headphones while walking or jogging.
  • Trust your instincts and use your intuition!It is never wrong, do not negate it or justify your feelings of fear or apprehension. They are real and showing up in your body for good reason – to keep you safe.