Safety Tips for Walking and Jogging


Though Washington University in St. Louis maintains a relatively safe campus, the city of St. Louis can be busy, populated and potentially dangerous. 

It is of utmost importance that while enjoying the areas surrounding campus, you remain safe. 

Here are some tips for the outdoorsy pedestrian:

Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially after dark.

If you must travel alone at night, use the Campus Circulator.

Always walk or jog in a familiar area.

Tell someone where you are going and when you can be expected to return.

  • Carry a cellular telephone with you and use it if you feel unsafe.
  • Carry a whistle to summon help when you walk or run. WUPD offers free safety whistles.

Always choose a well-lit path, and avoid dark or vacant areas. 
Do not take shortcuts through alleys, parks or empty lots.

Keep your hands as free as possible.

  • Try not to overload yourself with packages or other items. 
  • Do not wear headphones while walking or jogging.
  • Have your access card or keys ready when returning to your residence hall or apartment.

Participate in WUPD's Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) self-defense class. For more information, call the Crime Prevention Office at (314) 935-5084.

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