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December 10, 2017

The Top 4 Public Transit Safety Tips For Commuters

The Top 4 Public Transit Safety Tips For Commuters

Trains, buses, and public transit stations are hotspots for crime in citiesacrossthecountry, putting millions of commuters at risk every day. Protect yourself with our top public transit safety tips.

Stay Awake and Alert

Remaining aware of your surroundings is key, whether you’re riding on a bus or train or waiting for one to arrive. At stops and stations, avoid unlit or deserted areas; try to stay near others who are waiting rather than isolating yourself.

Hold Onto Your Belongings

It’s a good rule of thumb to avoid displaying money or valuables in public, but this is especially important when traveling. Keep your wallet in your pocket, place your purse or bag in your lap or between your feet, and never leave anything on an empty seat – it could easily be snatched. 

Avoid Talking to Strangers

No matter how old you get, “stranger danger” is still relevant. Be sure to commit the bus or train schedule to memory so you don’t find yourself having to ask around for information. If you have other questions or need help, find a transit employee or call the transit help line on your cell phone.  

Trust Your Gut and Report Suspicious Behavior

If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. If you see someone acting suspiciously, move as far away as possible and report what you witnessed to a transit employee immediately. 

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