Street Sense-It's Elementary
"Together for a Safer Community"
Test your street sense.....
Do you jog by yourself early in the morning or late at night, when it's quiet and lonely?
Do you carry all your possessions----cash, keys, credit cards, check book---in a beloved but tattered backpack every place you go, then leave it lying around?
When you work late at the computer center or library, do you think it's wimpy to call the Eagle Escort Service at 2 a.m.?
Do you put personal information on social network sites?
If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, you need to change a few habits. Even if your score was a perfect "No, Never!" read on. A few minutes now might prevent trouble later.
Street Sense 101: The Basic Mindset
- Wherever you are----walking between classes, in the library, shopping, driving---stay alert and tuned into your surroundings.
- Walk with confidence---show that you're aware and in control. Body language works.
- Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, get out or away.
Street Sense 201: Pratical Advice
- Walk with a friend, whenever possible.
- Don't fumble in your pocket or purse for your door key or ID Card---have it in your hand before you reach your home or car.
- Stick to well-lighted, well traveled areas. No shortcuts through wooded areas, parking lots, or alleys.
- Avoid jogging or biking alone. If you must go by yourself, stay clear of isolated or poorly-lighted areas.
- Don't tempt fate by flashing large amounts of cash or other valuable objects.
- Out late studying? Call a friend or the BC Eagle Escort Services (617-552-8888) when you're ready to leave.
- Watch you purse, backpack, briefcase, cellular phone, laptop and iPod.
- If you think someone is following you, abruptly switch directions or cross the street. If you're still being followed, go to a public place and ask for help.
Street Sense 202: For Bus and Subway Riders Only
- Use well-lighted, busy stops.
- Sit near the driver, and don't doze off!
- If someone harasses you, don't be embarrassed. Just say---loudly---"Leave me alone!"
- Watch who gets off the bus or subway with you. If you feel uneasy, go where there are other people---a residence hall, or business.