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Your Safety First

Life just naturally seems to get busier and more hectic with college. But with this new sense of being on your own, safety becomes a more important factor. Ridgetown is not a big or dangerous town although trips are often taken into nearby cities. You can never be too safe.

Here are some facts that may get you thinking.

  • Around 95% of women will be exposed to, or become a victim of a violent crime
  • Most cases of assault happen close to the living quarters of the victim
  • Women are easier targets then men
  • A woman is 10 times more likely to be raped than to die in a car accident
  • 38% of rapes and sexual assaults occur in the victim's own home

Street Safety

  • Stay in well-lit areas. Walk midpoint between curbs and buildings; try to keep from using alleys or less travelled routes between buildings. Always avoid bushes
  • Stay near people and avoid taking short cuts alone through vacant lots and other deserted places
  • Carry only necessary cards and money
  • Do not stop to provide strangers with directions or information, especially at night
  • Walk with someone else whenever possible and set up a buddy system with your friends
  • Alternate your walking routes
  • Do not jog alone late at night, or walk through trails alone
  • Don’t use personal listening devices, like walkmans, iPods/MP3 Players or phones that require the use of headphones
  • If going to a friend’s house call when you are leaving
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Avoid using the laundromat at night (or go with a friend)

Think About Clothing

  • You may not think clothes matter but they do!
  • If wearing a tank top or revealing shirt, bring a sweater to cover up with while waiting in line or walking

Body Language Counts

  • Keep your head up
  • Swing your arms
  • Stand straight
  • Look confident
  • Avoid eye contact , unless you feel threatened. (Most times in a dangerous situation the attacker will back off if eye contact is constant)
  • Act like you know where you are going, even if you don’t

If you are being attacked

  • Try and stay calm
  • If you have a tool (pen, keys, can etc.) handy, use it any way you can. If it''s hard like a bottle or can, use it to strike an area with bone like the head, hip, shin, or knee. If it is sharp like a key, use it against anything soft like the eyes, throat, groin, armpit, or stomach
  • If backing away, don’t move in straight lines. Move on an angle to the side, not directly back
  • Run to the nearest house
  • If you feel you are being followed change direction and stick to public areas
  • Report to the police right away