Walking Alone

Top 10 “Tips for Safely Walking Alone”


Life is full of adventures; however, there are many dangers and risks that should be avoided.  When walking your pet, walking to and from work, going to a restaurant, club or exercising, try to avoid doing this alone.  Walk in a group or pairs!  Not only can this be enjoyable, but it also helps minimize the opportunity of danger (such as being mugged or molested) approaching you.  If you have to walk alone, follow Genesis Security Groups Top 10 “Tips for Safely Walking Alone”.

  1. Carry a cell phone.    A cell phone is great to you use if there is an emergency.     Before taking your cell phone with you, ensure it is charged and the contact numbers are on speed dial.
  2. Carry a noise maker (i.e. whistle or personal alarm) to alert others if something is wrong.
  3. If you plan to walk in the dark, wear bright reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.  This will help increase visibility for other drivers.
  4. Avoid wearing headphones in your ear while walking.   If you wish to listen to music with headphones, have a headphone in one ear.  This is an important step to follow, as you may not be alert and able to hear if danger is approaching.
  5. Walk with confidence.  Don’t look afraid, walk with your head up, at a steady pace, and provide eye contact to individuals who pass you.
  6. Let someone know your where about’s including the route you will be taking and the time you plan to leave and return.
  7. Walk facing traffic!  Especially if there are no sidewalks this will better help you prepare for dangers that may be coming towards you.
  8. Avoid taking short cuts and walking in dark alleys.  It is important to stay in areas that are well lit and busy.
  9. Trust your instincts!  If you have a feeling someone is following you cross the road and go to a location that is public and safe such as the nearest gas station, police station or restaurant.
  10. Have your keys ready!  This will help avoid searching for them and being distracted while trying to get into your car or house. 

Need more information?  Refer to the links below

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 Canadian Living- 9 ways to stay safe when walking alone
 Macmaster- Safety tips when walking home alone 
West Vancouver Safety Tips