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Columbia has its share of crime even though it may seem small to some. You don’t have to be afraid of the dark, but you should be aware of the dangers of walking alone at night. Here are some night safety tips to consider when you’re planning a night out.
Places to avoid when you’re alone:
- Parking garages: Of course you have to park somewhere, but in general, there are just too many places for someone to hide in a parking garage. You might want to have someone walk you or drive you to your car at the end of the night just to be safe.
- Alleys: Hopefully, you’ve seen enough movies about people being nabbed in dark alleys to know to stay away. This isn’t Gotham. We don’t have Batman to save us.
- Long, unlit streets: Roads like Old 63 and Rock Quarry should not be walked on at night whether you’re alone or with a few friends. It’s dark, drivers can’t really see you, and a potential assailant has a bunch of places to hide.
- Empty residential areas: If you don’t see any lights on in the houses, there’s probably no one around to hear you call for help if you need it.
- Always carry a cell phone: You can’t call the police if you don’t have a phone! Also, make sure it’s fully charged before you leave your house.
- Don’t show your valuables: This is not the time to flash your bling. You’re just inviting trouble.
- Stay in well-lit, populated areas: If you have to be alone, a place with a lot of light and a lot of people is the best place to be. Smart criminals don’t usually attack in places where they can be easily identified.
- Don’t wander: Always have an intended destination and make sure someone else knows where you are. If you wander around, you could get lost, and it might be hard for someone to find you if you need help.
- Carry pepper spray: Blinding your potential assailant is a great way to get away from them. Have your pepper spray in an easily accessible place like on a key chain or in your pocket.
Nights in Columbia don’t have to be dangerous. Following these tips can help deter criminals and give you more peace of mind.
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