How to Run Safely

couple jogJogging can be an invigorating activity, but joggers and runners are susceptible to criminal attack. They can become so preoccupied in their physical activity that they fail to be alert and pay attention to their surroundings. Here are some personal safety tips that joggers should use to guard themselves.

Jog with a known companion – Go out jogging or running with a buddy tagging along. Criminal predators usually go for the helpless loners. Remember that there is safety in numbers.

Jog in a familiar area – Jogging in your neighborhood or other areas you are very much familiar with makes you aware of your surroundings.

Jog in “safe” places – Avoid jogging or running in a heavily-wooded, poorly-lighted, or secluded area. The trees and shadows are perfect hiding places for criminals.

Do not wear earphones – Listening to music while jogging or running distracts you from your surroundings. This reminder is especially important if you are jogging alone.

Do not jog after dark – Remember that people on the streets tend to get fewer and nastier once midnight strikes. It is best to jog or run in the morning, but keep in mind not to let go of your guard.

Do not jog near bushes – Big plants can provide concealment and you might be surprised at an attacker lunging towards you all of a sudden.

Wear bright-colored clothing – This improves your visibility to others. Suggested colors include yellow, white, and orange. You can also try attention-grabbing neon hues.

Carry a whistle or alarm – Use a whistle or a high-decibel battery-powered personal alarm in the instant that you are attacked. You should catch the attention of other people so that they could help you.

Look often behind you – Check if you are being followed. If you are, jog towards an open business building or a group of people.