Here are suggestions that may save you or a loved one from serious danger.
Know where you're going and the safest route to your destination.
Walk at a steady pace, with your head up. Look confident and avoid looking down at the ground.
Stay in well-lit areas and choose routes where other people will be walking. Walk with a friend whenever possible.
If someone is following you on foot, cross the street and head towards a busy area. If a vehicle is following you, turn around and walk in the opposite direction.
Carry a whistle or personal alarm. The noise may scare potential intruders away from your doors and windows at night. Cut shrubbery back so it doesn't hide doors or windows. Cut back any tree limbs that a burglar could use to climb to an upper-level window.
Ask to see the identification for any repairman or delivery person before opening your door. If you are suspicious, call to verify.
Vary your route while jogging or biking. Avoid isolated areas and exercise with a friend whenever possible.
If a stranger asks to use your phone, offer to make the call for them. Have the person wait outside.
Never let a stranger know you're home alone, whether the person is at your door or on the phone.