Important messages about personal safety while running/walking outdoors. Never run alone.
Walk or run with a friend.
Tell others where you are. Write or leave word of the direction of your run. Tell friends and family of your favorite running routes.
Wear bright colors.
Wear reflective material if you must run before dawn or after dark.
Be alert to your surroundings and the people near you.
Practice memorizing license plates or identifying characteristics of strangers. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are.
Vary your route.
Run in familiar areas. In unfamiliar areas, contact a local RRCA club or running store. Know where open businesses or stores are located in case of emergency.
Stay in well-lit areas.
Leave lights on in entry ways when you go out. Avoid poorly lit areas, especially at night.