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 a measure that can help you remain safe.
  • It is safer to run during the daylight hours.
  • Wear bright colored clothing to make yourself visible to drivers.  If jogging at dusk or at night be sure to have reflective gear on.
  • Stay in busy areas and be aware of your surroundings.  Look around periodically to show 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 and 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 and allow someone 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.
  • Carry your cell phone to summon assistance if necessary.