Safety At Night Going out at night can be scary and sometimes even dangerous. It doesn’t always have to be that way. With the majority of crimes occurring during the hours of the night, most people tend to feel fear and uncertainty. This is why it is extremely important to be cautious when traveling somewhere at night. Here are some tips for staying safe:
• Always avoid walking or running alone at night. Try to go walking or jogging with a friend. • Never use headphones while walking, driving, or jogging at night. • Always stay in well-lit areas. • Never use shortcuts even if they are more convenient. • After dark, stay away from large bushes and doorways where someone could be lurking. • It is always safe to stay near the curb. • If someone in a vehicle stops to ask for directions, answer from a distance. Never approach the vehicle. • If followed, go immediately to an area with lights and people. If necessary, turn around and walk in the opposite direction. Your follower will also have to reverse directions. • Never display cash openly, especially when leaving an ATM. • Avoid dead ends.
Remember there is always safety in numbers. Travel in large groups. The most important tip is to stay aware of all surroundings.
Ball State’s free transportation service, Charlie’s Charter, runs on a first come, first serve basis. For a ride, please call 765-760-RIDE (7433) or 765-285-5005.
If a crime has occurred on campus please call the University Police Department at 765-285-1111.
If a crime has occurred off campus please call the Muncie police at 765-747-4838.
If you feel that you or someone you know may be a victim of stalking, please call the Office Victim Services at 765-285-7844. The tips from this article were found on http://www.springfieldmo.gov
Monthly Health Message written by Peer Health Educator Allison Anton
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