Though it’s never ideal for a woman to have to walk alone at night, the situation is occasionally unavoidable. If you find yourself hoofing it alone after dark, these tips from a leading provider of Bay Area security can help keep you safe.
Be on guard
When walking alone at night, be on guard. Walk tall with your shoulders back, and keep your eyes and ears open. Be aware of your surroundings, including the people around you, and avoid listening to your iPod or using other electronics. Keep your car keys in hand so you don’t have to dig for them once you arrive at your house or vehicle.
Get the word out
Always let a friend, family, or coworkers know when you are leaving, where you’re going, how you will be getting there, and when you should arrive. If you’ll be crossing a dark parking lot, for example, call a friend to say you’re headed for the car and will call again when you are in the driver’s seat with the doors locked.
Vary your route
If walking alone after dark is a regular occurrence, scope out potential routes ahead of time. Pick a few and change them up often. Identify safe spaces to stop along each one, so that you can duck into one if you think you’re being followed.
Steer clear of shortcuts, dimly lit or secluded stretches of sidewalk, vacant lots, and bushes. Walk close to the curb, just not so close you’re within arm’s reach of strange cars.
Have a plan
If you think you’re being followed, don’t ignore the feeling. Instead, turn around and make eye contact with the person, and yell “help” or “fire,” or blow a whistle. Get to your car or a safe spot as quickly as possible and call 911.
Although attacks on women walking alone are rare, it’s always wise to be prepared. If your business is considering hiring private security to patrol parking structures or escort customers to their vehicles after dark, please contact one of our representatives at 1-800-794-1550 to learn more about our commercial or corporate security in the Bay Area.