In light of the recent attacks, the East Boston Police have issued the following safety tips:
Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night.
When parking, walking or returning to your car, travel in well-lit and populated areas.
Wear footwear that allows for added mobility.
Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles. Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod or similar device.
Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.
Keep a whistle within reach. If threatened, use the whistle to signal residents for help. Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” or “Rape!” are effective ways of drawing attention and alerting people of your situation.
Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
Carry a cell phone and call ahead to your destination to alert them that you’re on the way. Make sure you’re expected at a certain time, so in the event you fail to show up at that time, those expecting you will know enough to begin looking for you.
Walk with confidence. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Anyone at any time can be a victim of crime so never assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to defend, distract or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk towards an open store, restaurant or residence.