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NYPD running safety tips

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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 10:30 am

The NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau is offering the following safety tips for runners and joggers.

• Don’t run alone. Find a partner, group or local running club to run with.

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

• Be familiar with your route. Know the locations of phones, call boxes, police stations, fire houses, hospitals and 24-hour businesses along your route.

• 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.

• If you must run in the street, run against traffic whenever possible.

• Be aware of who is around you at all times. Don’t acknowledge or respond to verbal harassment. Carry a whistle or an air horn to summon emergency assistance.

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

• Avoid wearing headphones.

• Always carry some form of personal identification, including medical alert identification when applicable.

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