Safety After Dark

As a REALTOR®, you know that a significant amount of your work can be done after dark. With most households holding down two full- time jobs, we are often asked to meet with customers and clients in the evening.

Since the presence of darkness offers many more opportunities for crime, it is very important that your level of awareness be elevated when you're out at night. Keep in mind, although the emphasis may be placed on, "when you're working," the truth of the matter is, we need to exercise better awareness all of the time; when we're going to dinner, the movies, grocery shopping, or visiting friends, not just at work.

The following tips will give you some suggestions for increasing your personal safety. Remember, the point is not to scare, but to be more prepared and aware. By doing so, you're chances of ever even becoming a victim are reduced. And, wouldn't it be wonderful if you never had to actually use any of this information!

Nighttime Tips:

  • Avoid walking alone after dark.
  • Do not wear shoes or clothing that restrict your movements.
  • Do not walk near parked cars, or close to roadways or shrubs which could conceal an attacker.
  • If necessary, do not hesitate to walk in the street. The lighting is better there, and you have the advantage of seeing approaching persons and cars first.
  • If you must walk the streets regularly, vary your route to minimize the predictability of your routine.
  • When using trains or buses, select well-lit stops.
  • Do not carry more money or valuables than you can afford to lose.
  • If approached by a robber, cooperate and surrender your valuables if he only wants your property or if he has a weapon. Do not offer information, and try not to show fear.
  • Do not make any sudden moves. The robber is probably more nervous than you are.
  • Avoid being taken into a car, alley or other remote location. RUN IF YOU CAN!
  • Defend yourself if physically attacked, and get away quickly.