While You Are Out
- Try not to go out alone at night. Avoid unfamiliar areas, if possible.
- Don't take shortcuts: don't walk in or near alleys, and don't walk on deserted streets.
- Use caution in parking lots, and don't walk in poorly lighted areas, or dark doorways, or near shrubbery.
- Don't accept rides from strangers, and don't respond to comments from strangers on the street.
- Don't get into an empty elevator with a stranger. If you do ride with another person, stand near the control panel and if attacked, press an many of the control buttons as possible.
- Don't hitchhike, and if someone suspicious is following you, cross the street and walk into an open business.
- Watch your surroundings and be alert for suspicious persons, especially around banks, stores, street, and your car or home.
- If you are alone at work after business hours, keep the door locked. If you work late, ask the security guard or a co-worker to walk you to your car.
- When meeting a new friend, exchange phone numbers only, not addresses.
- On a first date, let family and friends know where you are going. Consider a daytime meeting rather than a night meeting, for a first date, and meet in a public place.
- It is never a good idea to go to a nightclub alone, and if you do, provide your own transportation.
- Keep your space - Intimate space - 0 to 1.5 feet Personal space - 1.5 to 4 feet Social space - 4 to 12 feet Public space - 12 feet or more.
- Don't allow alcohol or drugs to impair your judgment. If you haven't already set a few social standards, do so and stick to them.
Don't allow an overly aggressive pursuer to change your mind.