15 Streetwise Tips for Runners and Joggers
Runners are relatively common targets for assaults and muggings. Even if you've trained in martial arts, you should take sensible precautions. By following these safety tips, you can greatly reduce the inherent risks of running and maintain your exercise regimen.
- Carry identification or fasten your name, telephone number and blood type on the outside of your running shoes.
- Carry a cell phone, quarter or sufficient change for a telephone call. (Remember in most areas in North America you can dial 9-1-1 free of charge.)
- Whenever possible, run with a partner or a dog.
- Run in areas that are familiar to you. Be aware of businesses and know the location of telephones. Alter your route from time to time.
- Write down information about your running route. Ensure that your family and trusted friends are aware of your favourite routes.
- Whenever possible, avoid unpopulated areas, deserted streets and overgrown trails. Stay away from unlit areas at night. Run clear of parked cars and bushes.
- Run against the traffic so that you can observe approaching vehicles.
- Always stay alert. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are.
- Don't wear headphones; You need to be aware of your surroundings.
- Wearing reflective material will make you more visible if you must run before dawn or after dark.
- Don't wear jewellery.
- Carry a whistle or other noisemaker.
- Rely on your intuition concerning suspicious persons or areas. Respond to your intuition and avoid any person or area that feels unsafe to you.
- Ignore verbal harassment. Use discretion in acknowledging strangers. Look directly at others and be observant, but keep your distance and keep moving.
- During your run, if you notice anyone acting suspicious or if you are the subject of an assault (even if it is minor in nature) report it to the police immediately. Be prepared to provide the best description of the suspect as you can.