How to be Streetwise

Knowing how to protect yourself and joining with your neighbors to make your streets safer places to be can reduce the opportunity for muggers, purse snatchers, and other street criminals to strike.

Three Basic Rules
  • Stay alert. Keep your mind on your surroundings, who's in front of you, and who's behind you. Don't get distracted. If you're worried about crime, ask a friend to accompany you when you go out.
  • Communicate the message that you're calm, confident, and know where you're going. Stand tall, walk purposefully, and make quick eye contact with people around you.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave.


Crime Prevention Tips
For tips, please contact:
The National Crime Prevention Council
The Woodward Building
733 15th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005