Being on the move doesn’t always guarantee your safety.
The Winnipeg Police Service has issued a series of safety tips for individuals who are out walking or jogging. These tips include:
• Telling a family member or friend where you are going and what time you expect to be back;
• Staying alert at all times — the more aware you are of your surroundings, the less vulnerable you are;
• Running or walking with a partner;
• Not wearing a headset, as this will block out the sound of an approaching car or attacker;
• Exercising in familiar areas, so you’ll be familiar with local businesses and stores and which ones might be open;
• Varying your route;
• Avoiding unpopulated areas and deserted streets, as well as poorly lit areas at night;
• Ignoring verbal harassment and using discretion when acknowledging strangers — look directly at strangers and be observant, but keep your distance and keep moving;
• Walking or running against traffic, which allows you to see oncoming vehicles.
• Changing direction and heading for an open store or a house with the lights on if you think you’re being followed and calling 911 on your cellphone;
• Calling police immediately if something happens to you or someone else or if you notice anything out of the ordinary.