With the longer days of summer, more people are taking to their neighborhood streets and nearby walking paths each day. That's great for your health, but a walk alone can be an invitation to trouble. The Turlock Police Department issued these safety tips:
Parents wouldn't allow their children in an area that's unsafe, but adults may be more willing. If it's unsafe for a child, it's unsafe for an adult. Find another route.
Be aware of those around you. Looking at people walking by and acknowledging them with a quick "hello" is a sign of confidence and awareness, a turn-off for many criminals.
Take a phone.
Walk with a partner, even a four-legged one. Even though crimes can happen to more than one person, having a walking partner or a dog is a deterrent.
Take only what you need: Carrying a wallet full of credit cards or cash doesn't make sense and gives a thief incentive. Carry any necessary money or credit cards in a pocket.
Set an example for kids by walking and crossing streets safely and legally.