1 - DON'T
Use your ears to be aware of your surroundings. Using
headphones, you lose the use of an important sense: your
Always stay alert and aware of what's going on around you.
The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are.
Carry a cell phone or change for a phone call.
locations of call boxes and telephones along your regular route.
Trust your intuition about a person or an area.
React on your intuition and avoid a person or situation if
you're unsure. If something tells you a situation is not
"right", it isn't.
Alter or vary your running route pattern;
run in familiar areas if possible. In unfamiliar areas, such as
while traveling, contact a local RRCA club or running store.
Know where open businesses or stores are located.
6 - Run
with a partner.
Run with a dog.
Write down or leave word of the direction of your run.
friends and family of your favorite running routes.
Avoid unpopulated areas, deserted streets, and overgrown trails.
Especially avoid unlit areas, especially at night. Run clear of
parked cars or bushes.
Carry identification or write your name, phone number, and blood
type on the inside sole of your running shoe.
medical information. Don't wear jewelry.
Ignore verbal harassment.
Use discretion in acknowledging strangers. Look directly at
others and be observant, but keep your distance and keep moving.
Run against traffic so you can observe approaching automobiles.
Wear reflective material if you must run before dawn or after
Practice memorizing license tags or identifying characteristics
Carry a noisemaker and/or OC (pepper) spray.
Get training in self-defense and the use of pepper spray.
CALL POLICE IMMEDIATELY
if something happens to you or someone else, or you notice
anyone out of the ordinary. It is important to report incidents
TIPS on WOMEN RUNNERS' EMPOWERMENT:
WORKING WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCMENT DEPARTMENTS
and the LOCAL RUNNING COMMUNITY on RUNNER SAFETY:
Knowledge is power.
Discuss the incidents that are occurring: create a network of
Initiate dialogue and cooperation between the police and the
local running community.
Find a law
enforcement person who is also a runner and who might therefore
be more understanding.
Arrange a meeting between police and you or your local running
organization or RRCA club.
Offer a copy of this brochure for reproduction and general
distribution by the police.
Write a Safety Bulletin.
Designate someone in your running group or RRCA club to write a
regular Safety Bulletin and distribute it among runners and law
enforcement. Distribute the Safety Bulletin among fitness clubs,
running stores, neighborhood businesses, the media, local law
enforcement officers, and political representatives. Network
with all the local running clubs. Encourage them to call a
central contact concerning safety problems in their areas.
Create a network of women runners.
system whereby women can find other women to run or walk with.
Organize an annual safety workshop with police participation.
Always be of assistance.
interfere with police procedures.
Emphasize to the police that runners and walkers want to be
informed of problems, and are more likely to report sightings
and incidents of they have descriptions of known perpetrators.
Initiate communication between the running community and the
community at large.
coalition between your running club and the activities of local
Neighborhood Watches. Arrange for your running group or club to
obtain and screen the RRCA videotape "Women running: Run smart.
Run safe. "
Practice self-help in your community.
Have police work with you to clear overgrown trails, improve
lighting, and install telephones or call boxes in strategic
locations. Offer to raise the money if necessary.
Promote self-defense education.
local YWCA or police officer for information on community
classes and educational tapes on self-defense. Publicize classes
and screenings of self-defense techniques in your community and
in your club, through postings and newsletters.
11 - Be
part of the solution.
Call police immediately if something happens to you or someone
else, or if you notice anyone out of the ordinary .
12 - Be
a vigilante for yourself and others. Use your intuition to
report things that don't "seem right" to you. Indecent exposure
incidents should be reported, though they seem benign: according
to law enforcement, they aren't.