Walking offers wonderful exercise and a way to enjoy the warmer weather while getting out in the community and social distancing. But, if you’re not aware of your surroundings, it can also present an opportunity for criminals. The Rockville City Police Department encourages community members to remember these tips to protect yourself while walking around town and in your neighborhood:
- Avoid walking alone at night. Try to have a companion accompany you in high-risk areas, even during the daytime.
- Always plan your route and stay alert to your surroundings. Walk confidently.
- Avoid carrying weapons – they may be used against you.
- Don’t carry large, bulky shoulder bags. Carry only what you need. Better yet, use or sew a small pocket inside your jacket or coat. If you don’t have a purse, no one will try to snatch it.
- If you do carry a purse, don’t dangle it away from your body. Purse snatchings and street robberies account for 12% of all crimes against older adults.
- Walk in well-lit areas away from buildings and doorways.
- Have your key ready when approaching your front door.
- If you are attacked on the street, make as much noise as possible by calling for help or blowing a whistle. Do not pursue your attacker. Call 911 and report the crime as soon as possible.
Find more crime and safety tips with the Rockville City Police Department’s weekly crime reports on the RCPD webpage.