Given the uptick in crime all over the city, I have introduced some routines to help keep myself safe, and I decided to share them. I don’t drive or really use a ride share service, so these tips apply to walking and public transportation.
Here are my recommendations:
- I only carry what I need in my wallet and keep a dummy phone in my purse (an old iPhone). I wear clothing with pockets to stash my current phone and a flat pouch that holds a credit card and some cash.
- When out walking, be mindful about occasionally turning around to see what’s going on behind you. If I see someone approaching who looks like they might be trouble, I immediately cross the street or step into a business.
- While waiting on a train platform, be aware of who is next to you and behind you. I never sit on a bench if no one else is around unless it’s against a wall.
- Before entering a train car, I make sure there are plenty of people in it. I never stay in a car if it’s just me and one or two other people. If the car starts to thin out, I move to another one at the next stop.
- Stick to high-traffic streets when out walking, especially if you are solo.
- Save the flashy handbags and jewelry for special occasions.
- Always be aware of your surroundings, which means PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY. We are all attached to our devices too much as it is, so pay attention.
I hope you find these tips useful. If you have any of your own to add, please let me know in the comments. Stay safe, Chicago!