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Joggers are more likely to be the victim of a criminal attack than many other people. This is because they tend to get very focused with what they are doing or are listening to music with headphones. When you are not alert and paying attention to your surroundings, you increase your likelihood of becoming a victim. Some tips you can follow to keep you safe include: vary your routine, avoid secluded areas, carry a personal protection device (pepper spray or an alarm), and run during daylight. If you do feel threatened, move as quickly as possible to a well populated area or a business and ask for help.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|