Crime Tip Tuesday: Staying safe on the trail

Lincoln has some great trails to run and walk, but there's always the potential for danger. We've got safety tips for when you're exercising.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Whether it’s returning to your car to find you’ve lost your valuables or being harassed by a stranger, hitting the trails can end up with some unpleasant surprises. While you may not ever hope to get that sort of surprise, it can happen. There are ways to be proactive, however.

It starts before you even begin your workout. If you have any valuables that you’re leaving behind, don’t leave them in plain sight. Keep them in the trunk, in the glove box, or any other place that’s not easily seen. Don’t forget to lock your doors once you’re ready to leave.

A lot of people like to play some tunes while they’re out running, and there’s nothing wrong with that unless you’re tuned out to the rest of the world. A good way to combat the distraction is to keep one earbud on and one bud off. That way you’ll still have information coming in from the outside world, like a biker speeding up “on your right!”, or someone calling for help.

If you’re in a situation where you suddenly find yourself sharing the trail with an unwelcome guest, the first thing to do is to walk away. If that doesn’t work, yell for help, and finally, call the police. If you make that emergency call, be sure you’ve got your phone’s GPS location turned on so police can find you easily.

One final tip, there’s safety in numbers, so find a buddy to enjoy the trails with you.

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