Personal Safety in Park Areas
Tips for Your Security
- Avoid unpopulated areas and overgrown trails. Especially avoid poorly lighted areas at night.
- Consider carrying a cellular phone. Pre-program the number for the local law enforcement agency; Dublin Police Services Dispatch Center can be reached at 925-462-1212, any time, day or night. Calling 911 on a cellular phone routes you to the California Highway Patrol dispatch center in Vallejo. They will then ascertain where you are and re-route the call to the local law enforcement agency.
- Don't wear headsets. If you wear them you won't hear an approaching car or attacker. Listen to your surroundings.
- Don't wear jewelry or carry cash.
- If you think you are being followed, change direction and head for other people. Don't be embarrassed to cause a scene and draw attention to yourself.
- Ignore verbal harassment. Use discretion in acknowledging strangers. Look directly at others and be observant, but keep your distance and keep moving.
- Know the layout of the park and the surrounding neighborhood. Identify safe locations you can turn to for help.
- Plan your outing. Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Tell friends and family of your favorite routes.
- Run against traffic so you can observe approaching automobiles.
- Run clear of parked cars or buses. Stay in the middle of the path.
- Run or walk with a partner and/or dog.
- Send the message that you are calm, confident, and know where you are going.
- Stay alert at all times. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are.
- Wear an identification tag or carry a driver's license. If you don't have a place to carry your ID, write your name, phone number, and blood type on the inside of your athletic shoes. Include any medical information.