Here are some hints and tips to help you walk or run safely and confidently, no matter where your path takes you!

Plan ahead

  • Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return – tell them the route you will be taking
  • Take your mobile phone but remember to charge it first
  • Try not to have valuable items on show especially if you’re alone
  • Wear clothing of high visibility or reflective material
  • Take enough liquid and food for your journey – remember you’ll need more water in the summer
  • Dress appropriately, check the weather forecast before you leave –the weather can change quickly
  • Wear some form of reflective clothing if you head out in the late afternoon – the light can go quickly in the winter months

When you’re on the road

  • Always face oncoming traffic
  • Run or walk with a partner or dog whenever possible
  • Don’t wear headphones because you won’t hear the traffic – listen to your surroundings
  • Avoid poorly lit areas at night

Stay aware of your surroundings

  • Don’t concentrate on exercises so much that you lose track of the time and what’s going on around you
  • Walk and run with confidence and purpose
  • Memorise the street names on your route – always know what road you are on
  • Watch the road – wet or icy patches are considerably harder to see in the dark

Extra precautions

  • Consider carrying a personal attack alarm if you’re alone
  • If you will be making the same journey regularly try vary your route to minimise the chances of being targeted
  • Keep clear of parked cars and hedges
  • Avoid unpopulated areas, deserted streets and overgrown trails
  • Call the police immediately if something happens to you or someone else, or if you notice anything unusual