Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you - especially if you are alone or it is dark.
Don't walk alone, especially at night.
Walk at a steady pace with a self-assured stride.
Walk on the side of the street facing traffic.
Do not respond to conversation from strangers on the street - continue walking.
If a driver asks directions, don't get too close to the car.
If an occupant or a vehicle persists in bothering you, cross the street and walk or run in the opposite direction.
If you are followed, get away fast. Change direction and/or walk in a crowded area.
If in danger, scream and run, yell "fire" or break a window to attract attention.
Hold your purse tightly, close to your body. Keep your wallet in a front or buttoned hip pocket or side coat pocket. When walking in a parking lot, carry your purse on the side that is closest to parked vehicles.
Carry as little cash as possible.
Have your key ready in your hand so you can open the door to your home or car immediately.
Use intuition. If you feel insecure, ask a store manager or security guard to escort you to your car, most will.