Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan campus are wonderful places to jog or walk. However, it’s important as a pedestrian to be vigilant and pay attention to your surroundings—especially at night or whenever you’re jogging or walking alone. The following guidelines can help you stay safe:
- Jog or walk with a friend. If you can, bring someone you trust with you.
- Stick to familiar territory. Knowing where you are and where you’re going will save you from getting lost.
- Avoid secluded areas, especially at night. If you’re out and about after dark, stick to well-lit and populated areas.
- Always carry your phone. You never know when you may need to call for help in the event of an emergency.
- Wear bright or reflective clothing. Again, this is especially important at night. As a pedestrian, you need to be seen by drivers.
- Face oncoming traffic. You need to see what’s coming toward you.
- Don’t wear headphones. If you’re zoned out listening to music, you’re not paying attention to your surroundings. You’re more likely to bump into people, trip, walk into traffic or become a target for theft or attack.
- Carry a whistle. Use it to alert people in the vicinity if you ever feel that you’re in danger. The loud sound and extra attention can help ward off attackers or stalkers.
- Report suspicious activity. If you’re ever approached by someone who makes you feel unsafe or otherwise find yourself in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable, contact the Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) at (734) 763-1131 or text 377911. If it’s an emergency, dial 911.
After hours transport options
The University of Michigan offers safe transportation options 24 hours a day, so do not feel like you have to walk somewhere late at night just because you are parked far away or do not own your own vehicle. Learn more about the after hours transport options offered by the U-M Logistics, Transportation and Parking Department.
IF YOU ARE THE VICTIM OF THEFT, ASSAULT, HARASSMENT OR STALKING, CONTACT DPSS AT (734) 763-1131 OR REPORT A CRIME ONLINE.