Women Alone


  • Leave information with your family about babysitting location, phone number, and time expected to be home.
  • Once inside the house, lock all the doors and windows.
  • If you hear or see anything suspicious, don't be shy, call the police.
  • Be escorted home after dark.

If Attacked:

  • Scream and run to the nearest residence or business. Cries for help can discourage criminals and may result in their arrest.
  • Attempt to determine points of identification such as clothing, glasses, scars, hair colour, and height. If he or she is driving a vehicle, or a vehicle is involved, get the license plate number and the vehicle descriptors. Call the police immediately.
  • The choice of whether or not to physically resist attack can only be made by you. If the assailant is armed, your options are limited.
  • There is no way to predict and attacker's actions.

At Home:

  • Your door should be equipped with a door viewer and deadbolt lock, with a one-inch throw, and locked at all times.
  • All windows should be secure. Draw window shades or drapes after dark.
  • All entrances and garages should be well-lit
  • Never remain alone in an apartment laundry room, mailroom, or parking garage
  • Do not put your first name on your mailbox or in the telephone book.
  • Unknown persons should not be admitted to your premises unless proper credentials are presented.
  • Should a stranger request use of your phone, do not allow the person to enter. Offer to make the call yourself.
  • Should you return home to find windows and doors tampered with, DO NOT ENTER OR CALL OUT! Go to a neighbour and call the police.

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  • Plan your route on avoid short cuts through parks, vacant lots or unlit areas. Walk in well-lit areas.
  • Do not overburden yourself with packages and a bulky purse.
  • Walk near the curb and away from alleys and doorways.
  • If you suspect you are being followed, cross the street; go to the nearest home, service station or open business premises and call the police

In your car:

  • Always lock your car when entering and leaving it.
  • View interior of vehicle before entering to assure no one is hiding inside, even if the doors were locked.
  • Have your keys in hand so you do not have to linger before entering your car.
  • Travel on well-lit streets and keep your purse out of sight.
  • If you have car trouble in a dark area, raise the hood of the car, lock yourself in, and wait for the police to arrive, if a stranger offers to help, do not get out of your car.
  • Ask the person to call for assistance.
  • Do not stop to offer help to a stranded motorist. Stop at the next phone booth and call for assistance.
  • If you suspect that someone is following you, drive to the nearest service station, drive-in restaurant, police station, and blow the horn.

Public Transportation:

  • Try to avoid isolated bus stops.
  • Sit near other women or near the driver.
  • If someone bothers you, tell the driver immediately.


  • Police implore women not to hitchhike under any circumstances.

Public Places:

  • Use caution in conversations with strangers. Avoid giving your name, address, or place of employment.
  • In theatres, avoid dark corners and sit near the aisle.

Purse Snatching:

  • Do not carry large sums of money in your purse.
  • If possible, carry a small purse, tucked from view, under the arm.
  • Be wary of approaching strangers.
  • If someone grabs your purse, do not resist.

Personal safety