Walking alone at night can be daunting after a long night studying in the UGLi or out with friends enjoying all that Ann Arbor has to offer. If it’s possible, walk with a buddy (or two!) However, that’s not always a feasible option. In that case, we've provided you with a few alternatives.
- Avoid using headphones so you can stay alert and aware of your surroundings if you are alone. In a busy city like Ann Arbor, it not only improves your ability to be conscious of your whereabouts, but also helps to also make sure you’re not an easy target.
- You can send friends, roommates or relatives a text message as you’re leaving with your approximate location and your ETA. Ask them to call you if you don't contact them before then to check up on you!
- If you are walking to a car, have your keys ready and in your hand when you leave the building.
- Walk in well-lit areas. If you have the option to take a route with more lighting, opt to take it over a route with less lighting.
- Use the Blue Lights. If you run into a situation where you feel unsafe while on campus, use the blue safety lights. Activating a Blue Light is the equivalent of contacting 9-11. By doing so, the police will already know your location. If you are on the move, feel free to press another Blue Light on your path and continue running in the direction of the next nearest one; this will allow the police to follow your location and any possible assailant(s).
- Take SafeRide. It's a free ride service that transports students from campus buildings up to a 1-mile radius off-campus, to contact SafeRide, simply dial (734) 647-8000.
- If you want to inconspicuously alert the police, you may text them at 377911 if you feel uncomfortable placing a phone call.
Remember, these tips are meant to help make you feel safer if you’re walking alone at night. By following some of these simple suggestions, like staying off of your phone, keeping your ears headphone-free, using the buddy system, or calling SafeRide, you can reduce your risk of harm while walking late at night!
Contributed by: Melissa Bonnici