Streetwise and Safe on the Street | University of Portland

Streetwise and Safe on the Street

  • Do stay alert. Keep your mind on your surroundings, who's in front of you and who's behind you. Don't get distracted. If you're worried about crime, ask a friend to accompany you when you go out.

  • Do communicate the message that you're calm, confident and know where you're going. Stand tall, walk purposefully, and make quick eye contact with people around you. Don't be afraid to draw attention to yourself if necessary.

  • Trust your instincts! If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situations, leave.

  • Plan the safest route to your destination and use it. Choose well-lighted busy pathways and streets, avoiding alleys, vacant lots or construction sites. Take a longer way if it's safest.

  • Know your neighborhood and the campus. Find out which buildings are open late (or early) and where you go to summon help if needed.

  • Carry your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it. Carry a wallet in an inside coat or side trouser pocket, not in the rear trouser pocket.

  • Don't flaunt expensive jewelry, clothing, or "flash" cash.

  • Never hitchhike.

  • Enroll in a reputable self-defense course.