Avoid dark, deserted routes even if they are the shortest.
Carry change for emergency telephone and transportation use.
Carry a whistle or freon horn. In some areas, community groups offer free alarms for seniors.
Do not overburden yourself with packages and groceries that obstruct your view and make it hard to react.
Have your car or house key in hand as you approach your vehicle or home.
If a friend or taxi takes you home, ask the driver to wait until you are safely inside.
Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you expect to return.
Never carry a wallet in your back pocket. Put it in an inside jacket pocket or front pants pocket.
When using public transportation, sit near the driver.
When walking, act calm, confident, and know where you are going. Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave.
When you drive, keep doors locked and windows up. Park in well-lit, busy areas. If you have car trouble, be wary of strangers who offer help. Stay in your car and ask them to call the police or sheriff or a tow service.
Whenever possible, travel with friends. Check with your police, sheriff, or senior citizen center about escort services.
If you must carry a purse, hold it close to your body. Do not dangle it.