To help you stay safe and to make your night time foot journeys more bearable, we’ve listed six tips for staying safe when walking at night.
Hold your car or house keys in your pocket. Select the one you need to use, and carry it in the proper position. This way, when you get to your destination, you will be able to open your home or vehicle without fumbling around and getting distracted.
Your stilettos may look sweet on the dancefloor, but they’re unlikely to be the most practical shoes for walking. If you’re anticipating walking home at some point, try to wear shoes that you’re comfortable walking in. If trainers aren’t a realistic fashion option, put a pair of lightweight pumps in your bag before you go out.
It may take you longer, but stick to well-lit paths and roads rather than taking shortcuts through dark side streets and alleys. Try to stay in densely populated areas with lots of houses instead of walking through parks or across fields. If you’re forced to walk on the road, walk into the oncoming traffic. This will mean that you will see any oncoming traffic as it approaches you.
People who look confident are less likely to be targeted by criminals. So, even if you feel nervous, walk tall, take steady strides and keep your eyes forward – don’t be afraid to make eye contact with those you pass. If you get lost or panicked, don’t change your gait; just head to a nearby store or restaurant so that you can gather your bearings.
Hearing your favourite artists blast out some tunes may help calm your nerves, but wearing headphones seriously affects your ability to detect sounds. To remain maximally alert, keep your headphones out. This will help you avoid traffic and notice and respond to any unusual sounds.
Call a friend or family member. If it’s early in the night, a pleasant chat with a loved one will calm you down and let people know where you are. Even if it’s very late, if you’re genuinely concerned, someone will still be happy to take your call. Stay on the call until you reach your destination, and talk them through what’s happening.
• Your phone can double up as a flashlight
• You can carry a whistle around your wrist or in your hand
• Regardless of cost, if you’re tired, drunk or distracted, always take a cab home
• Don’t text or play on your phone as you walk
• Leave valuables – such as laptops or tablets – at home
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