Office of Public Safety

Jogging Safety

Jogging is an effective and popular way to keep physically fit.  Many community members jog on and around campus.  The following safety precautions will help you avoid being victimized so you can enjoy all the benefits jogging provides.

  • Jogging with at least one other person is the best measure you can take to remain safe.
  • It is always safest to run during daylight hours.
  • Keep to busy areas and be aware of your surroundings.  Look around periodically so potential assailants know that you are aware of what is going on around you.
  • Jog along routes that you are familiar with.
  • Avoid jogging in deserted areas.
  • Change your routes often and always let someone know when you are going, the route you are taking and the approximate time you will return.
  • If your schedule permits, jog at different times of the day.  A predictable routine may be noticed by a potential assailant who may try to take advantage of the situation. 
  • Listening to music may make jogging a bit more enjoyable but wearing headphones can keep you from hearing the approach of potential trouble.
  • Always jog on the side of the road facing traffic.  If jogging in groups you should do so in single file.
  • If a vehicle approaches and you feel threatened, turn and run in the opposite direction of the car's travel.
  • Be particularly aware of public buildings on your routes- fire houses, police station, schools, stores, etc. . If you need help, head toward one of these locations.
  • Always carry your cell phone to summon aid if needed.