Planes, trains, automobiles and buses… what do they all have in common? They are all forms of public transportation which many of us rely on to save money and get to a destination more efficiently.
Whether you live in the city, suburbs or in rural America, at some time in your life you will ride public transportation. If you live in a city, you will most likely have a daily routine of hopping on a bus, jumping in a cab, or waiting to catch the subway.
When these daily activities become routine, we have a tendency to get comfortable, and we may forget all about the importance of personal safety or push it to the back of your mind. After all, you do this every day and nothing has happen to you yet, right? So why bother now?
We strongly encourage you follow these 15 simple personal safety tips for public transportation.
- Know the route such as departing times, pick up locations, and how much money and change you will need to pay for the transportation. Thieves are looking for someone who is distracted and displaying cash.
- Let someone know your routine or current travel schedule. If something happens, they will have an idea where to begin looking.
- Wait in a lighted and busy area. If this is not possible, wait in a nearby store or place where there are people and you can see when your transportation arrives.
- Be aware of your surroundings. If you feel uneasy or threatened, change your seat or alert the driver. If needed, get off at the next busy stop.
- Avoid sitting next to the door. This is the best spot for a snatch and grab. Sit near the driver.