Be Aware of Your Surroundings

In wake of the recent assault in Beacon Hill neighborhood, we urge all our readers to read the list of safety tips provided by the Boston Police

Women walking alone in the area should observe the following safety tips:

• Always be aware of your surroundings especially at night. When parking or returning to your car, remain in well-lit and populated areas.

• Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.

• Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of all passing vehicles.

• Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.

• Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.

• Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use the whistle to signal for help.

• Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” and/or “Rape!” are all ways of getting attention and getting help.

• Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.

• Call ahead to your destination to let them know that you’re on the way. Be sure they know when to expect you so, in the event you fail to show up, they’ll know to begin looking for you.

• Trust your instincts and realize this: anyone can be a victim of crime. Don’t ever assume, “It will never happen to me.”

• If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.

• If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant or residence.

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