Responding to the wave of recent attacks that have occurred on the North Side, specifically Lincoln Park and Lakeview, Chicago Aldermen Tom Tunney and Scott Waguespack held a personal safety forum Aug. 25 at St. Luke's Auditorium, 1500 W. Belmont. Attendees received tips on how to protect themselves.
Among the tips they received were:
Walk, ride, or jog with a partner.
Avoid dark, isolated placesdon't walk or park there.
Be alert, look around.
Keep at least one hand freedon't carry bulky purses or parcels.
When alone, avoid wearing headphones or talking on your cell phone.
Late at night, have someone meet you at the bus or train station. Have the taxi driver watch while you enter your home.
On public transportation, try to use the busiest, best-lit stop possible, both to get on and off the bus or train. When waiting for a train, stay close to other people in the most well-lit area of the stations. When on the train or bus, sit near the driver or operator.
After dark, tell family and friends when to expect you and how you will be traveling.
When at a bar, never lose sight of your drink.
Have your house and car keys out and ready to use.
Follow your instinctsif you feel threatened, go to the nearest open store or business. Call 911 immediately.
There is safety in numbers.
Ignoring your instincts is not worth the risk.
Don't be afraid or too shy to ask someone to walk you to your car or home.
Adopt a frame of mind that allows you to recognize and avoid potential threats on the street.