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NYPD offers safety tips for city’s runners

Cops say remain aware, alert

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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:30 am

Warmer summer weather in the city means more and more people will be using the city’s streets and parks to go running.

With that in mind, the Community Affairs Bureau and the Crime Prevention Section of the NYPD are offering the following tips to encourage people to run more safely:

• There is safety in numbers, so don’t run alone. Find a partner or a group to run with. A local runners’ club is considered a good start.

• Run during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must run at night, wear light-reflecting or light-colored clothing.

• Be thoroughly familiar with your route. Know the locations of phones, emergency call boxes, police stations, firehouses, hospitals and things like 24-hour businesses.

• Listen to your instincts and be willing to vary your route if you sense that you are in danger.

• Avoid running in deserted or poorly lighted areas.

• Run against traffic whenever possible.

• Be aware of who is around you at all times.

• Do not acknowledge or respond to verbal harassment.

• Carry a whistle or a bicycle air horn to summon help in an emergency.

• Don’t wear jewelry, such as chains, medallions, rings or expensive watches when running.

• Tune into your surroundings, not out. Avoid wearing headphones.

• Always carry some form of personal identification with you, including a medical alert ID if applicable, in case of an emergency.

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