Talk A Walk On The Safe Side

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As the weather turns warmer (at least for some parts of the country. I’m still waiting for Spring in NJ), more people will be heading out doors.  Here are some safety tips on walking from certified women’s self-defense instructor, Kathleen Kuck.


-Avoid walking and talking/texting on a cell phone when in public.

-Back up to a wall if you must take a call.

-Always carry a cell phone for emergencies.

-Avoid ear buds or headphones while walking or jogging in public.

-Walk with a purpose. Head up, look around.  Eyes forward.

-Avoid walking/jogging/running alone whenever possible.

-Stay on paths that have people and traffic.

-Avoid shortcuts through alleys, fields, wooded areas, and secluded locations.

-Keep a grip on purse if over a shoulder.

-It is harder to escape if wearing heels.  Avoid scarves or long thick necklaces.

-Keep hands as free as possible.

-If attacked, don’t let anyone take you away to a secondary location. Your chance of returning are slim to nonexistent.  Fight back right where you are.

-Walk against traffic.

-Avoid walking next to bushes, walls, fences.  Anywhere a bad guy can hide.

-Take corners wide.  Same reason as above.

-Carry pepper spray if possible.

-If you don’t like pepper spray carry a personal alarm.  They cost very little money.

-A walking/hiking stick may also do the trick.

-Walking with a dog is also a great deterrent.

-Don’t walk up to a car if asked for directions or the time.

-If something goes wrong RUN RUN RUN to where people are; a store, a business, a group of people in the park.

-Make noise.  Suspects do not want witnesses and are looking for speed and ease.

-Keep as much distance as possible between you and a bad guy.

-If a friend is dropping you off, ask them to wait until you are safely inside the building.

-If you think you are being followed, change to the other side of the street.  Pick up your pace, start heading toward people, businesses, other people walking, etc.

-Try taking a few turns or pause inside of a business to see if you are being followed.

Thanks, Kathleen, for the great tips. If anyone has another, please share it in the comments section. If you don’t have a tip, then tell me your favorite place to walk. My favorite place is hiking in the woods.  :)

Stay Safe!

~K.M. Fawcett

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2 responses to “Talk A Walk On The Safe Side

  1. Great tips! I just bought new sneakers!

  2. These are all good tips. Some of them I learned while in high school but I can’t remember the source. Used to, I would shuffle my feet and look down all the time. Being the big guy on campus, everyone wanted to build their reputation by attacking me and beating me in a fight.

    Somewhere during my freshman year, I heard the best way to keep from being a target was to walk with my shoulders back and not to look down. It was the looking down that made me look vulnerable.

    It did not take me long to pull my shoulders back and look up and around at my environment. It also allowed me to see when trouble was coming and to avoid it when possible. This did get me out of many confrontations. Though being a big guy, I did manage to hide from trouble fairly well.

    On using a walking stick, I recommend it. It also gets the attention of the loose dogs that look at one’s legs as a bone that they want to chew on. Convinced many dogs that they did not want a part of me with a 6 foot staff I used as a walking stick.

    Dennis H. Clarkston
    AKA Clark Stone

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