Everyone - and this applies to residents of big cities, small towns, and rural areas - needs to be careful and if people are vigilant, following common-sense precautions, many crimes can be prevented.
Here are some general personal safety tips to stay safe:
Always be aware of your surroundings, practicing good "situational awareness."
Do not get into someone’s car even if they display a weapon. It is better to fight back in the street where help is closer at hand and other people may hear your calls for help.
Walk confidently and don’t avoid eye contact.
Don’t let strangers into your ‘space.’ Keep plenty of distance between yourself and people you don’t wish to approach you.
Don’t stop to talk with strangers asking for directions or other types of help, as this can be a ploy to get close for an attack.
If you feel you are in danger of being followed, call 911. If the event is over and the suspect is gone, you can call Eugene Police non-emergency at 541-682-5111.
If grabbed, fight back and make as much noise as possible.
Use the buddy system when walking after dark. You should know the person you are walking with well enough to trust them.
Walk in lighted areas as much as possible and don’t walk too close to bushes, alleyways or other places where attackers can conceal themselves.
If you are in a vehicle and being followed, don’t go to your home, call 911, get to an area that is well populated and if it is safe to do so, get a description of the suspect(s) and vehicle including license plate. Drive to a police station if possible.
For information related to The Eugene Police Department Violent Crimes Unit and Domestic Violence/Protective Orders, please visit this section of our website: Violent Crimes Unit.