With the number of joggers in the United States, it is not surprising when we read in our local newspaper that a man was attacked and beaten by a gang of young thugs, and that a woman was raped as she jogged by herself in a fashionable neighborhood.
One thing we need to remember is that none of us is immune to crime. Crime doesn't always happen to the other guy. It could happen to you. By "being aware" the jogger can reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of an attack.
Many joggers have the mistaken idea that because they usually do not carry large sums of money with them as they jog, they are not likely candidates for an attack.
Unfortunately, that is not true. They must always be aware of their surroundings and take appropriate action to protect themselves.
One of the most serious problems for joggers is not paying attention. They become so preoccupied with the physical act of jogging that they lose touch with the moment. They are so busy concentrating on how much further they have to go and on putting one foot in front of the next, that they don't pay attention to what is happening right here, right now.
When they allow themselves to become preoccupied, they have jeopardized their security. When they are not paying attention, it gives the would-be attacker the opportunity to surprise them. Being alert and being aware is vital at all times.
Safety Tips for Jogging
- Jog with a known companion
- Jog in a familiar area
- Do not jog in a secluded area
- Do not jog after dark
- Jog facing the traffic
- If followed, go to the nearest house and call the police
- Wear bright colored clothing to improve your visibility
- Carry a whistle or shrill alarm to summon help, if needed
- Vary your route and pattern of running
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Keep Alert!
- Jog away from bushes where someone could hide
- Take a key with you when you jog. Don't leave your house unlocked.
- Someone might be watching you and your house to see when it will be empty or unlocked.