SAFETY TIPS WHEN AN OUTING INVOLVES BEING ALONE:
Sometimes one cannot help but to be alone as they may be single, in a new town or like the idea of a quiet activity solo. While we do not want to instill paranoia or fears, our goal is to provide with enough resources to help educate on various ways that one can protect themselves from harm or from becoming a missing person statistic.
Safety Tips If You Have To Drive Alone:
- Potential attackers look for people who are vulnerable.
- When walking to your car, hold your keys in your fist with a key pointing out between your thumb and forefinger.
- When leaving your car, put the passenger seat forward if possible. This allows you to see if anyone is in the back seat upon returning to your car.
- Before you get into your car, circle your car and look for obvious problems.
- However, in underground parking lots, time is of the essence. Walk directly to your car, get in, lock the doors and quickly drive away.
- Always keep your car maintained and never drive with less than 1/2 tank of gas.
- When you break down, you are much safer inside a locked car. Get a ‘CALL POLICE’ sign. Never obstruct your view by applying it to your windshield. Put the sign in a back window.
- If your car breaks down, DO NOT raise your car hood.
- If a passing motorist stops. DO NOT get out of your car. Roll the window down 1 inch and ask them to call police.
- If you are involved in a minor accident, drive to a well lit and/or well traveled area. DO NOT get out of your car on a lonely or dark road.
Here are a few valuable links of interest for other “Alone” activities!:
Before You Walk Alone In the Dark
Safety Tips When Jogging or Trail Running
Cal State at Monterey Bay has excellent Safety Tips for Students on Campus.