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Be cautious of pedestrians asking you for directions while you are in your car. Keep your doors locked and windows up.
Avoid being maneuvered into alleyways, doorways, or cars. Keep moving toward your destination and do not get so involved in listening to someone that you are not aware of what he or she is doing.
If someone appears to be taking too great an interest in you, seems to be following you, or if you just feel nervous about anyone for any reason, do not tell yourself it's only your imagination—take action. Change direction, cross the street, use the cell phone or emergency phones if possible, and move toward a place of greater safety, such as more people, stores, high traffic, or lighted areas.
Always keep your eye on someone who is close enough to grab you. If he or she bothers you or tries to prevent you from leaving, make eye contact and say, "LEAVE ME ALONE" or "GO AWAY" in a loud, controlled voice. Be firm about what you want, and be as public as you can. Attract attention; if necessary, move into the street, knock things over, or grab onto a bystander and do not let go, or yell "FIRE!"
Do not wait to be grabbed. If someone starts to make a fast move toward you, start yelling. Throw your books or packages into his or her face and run.
If someone grabs you and you decide to fight back, you must calculate your chances for survival. Is there someone nearby? Will passersby notice? Will someone hear you scream?
Call the police to report any threatening incidents or unusual behavior.