2017-07-26 / Front Page

NYPD Offers Safety Tips For Runners, Joggers

By Liz Goff
NYPD officials are reaching out to the public with a series of tips to help joggers and runners stay safe:
  • Never run alone. Run wit a partner, group or local running club to help you stay safe on the street, on running paths, parks and in wooded areas
  • Run during daylight hours, when possible. If you must run at night, do not run alone, always wear light-reflective or light-colored clothing and try to run with a partner or with a group of other runners
  • Know your route. Familiarize yourself with the location of phones, police and utility call boxes, local police precincts, hospitals, firehouses and 24-hour businesses along your route
  • Stay alert, listen to your instincts and vary your route if you sense that you are being followed or are in danger. Stay away from deserted and poorly-lit areas
  • If you must run on the street, run against traffic wherever possible. Wear reflective clothing, carry a whistle to alert motorists of your presence and stay alert to traffic.
  • Be aware of other runners and people who are around you. Do not EVER respond to verbal harassment and carry a whistle or air horn to summon emergency assistance
  • Do not EVER wear jewelry such as chains, medallions, rings or expensive watches. Leave these and other expensive jewelry items at home to keep them – and yourself safe while running
  • Avoid wearing ear buds when running. If you insist on tuning-into an electronic device, turn down the volume so you can hear what is going on around you
  • Always carry some form of personal identification, especially medical alert information and “who to notify” for responders to use if you are in an accident or suffer an injury
  • Always keep your mobile phone close at hand to call for help in case of an emergency

For more tips and information, or to register your electronic devices (iPods, phones, etc.) in free NYPD recovery programs, call the Crime Prevention or Community Affairs Officer at your local police precinct.





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