In April 2016, two young female joggers were brutally murdered within a week of each other. Karina Vetrano was killed while on a run near her home in Howard Beach, Queens. In the small town of Princeton, Massachusetts, Vanessa Marcotte was found strangled less than half a mile from her mother’s home. Both were assaulted by strangers. In July of the same year, Ally Bruegel of Michigan was fatally shot while out on a jog. Below are five tips to keep you safe on your runs.
1) Know Your Route. Being familiar with your route will help you identify abnormalities or deviations in what should be expected. Every environment, and every person has what is known as a baseline of what is normal noise and behavior. Note any changes, such as a car repeatedly driving by or an unknown person or a hazard along your route. Stay alert and don’t be taken by surprise when there is a change.