Stay in well lighted, busy areas. Avoid walking alone and avoid known trouble spots.
When you carry a purse, hold it close to your body rather than by the handles. Do not wrap purse straps around your wrist, because you can get hurt in a struggle.
Carry only what you need in a purse or wallet, not everything you have.
Avoid using shortcuts through dark alleys, fields, or vacant lots.
If you think you're being followed, cross the street and change directions a few times. Go quickly to a well-lighted place with lots of people. Do not go home. You don't want an attacker to know where you live.