First of all, be aware of your surroundings when walking or jogging and it only requires students to use common sense. Criminals frequently target victims they observe are distracted by conversation on a cell phone, texting, electronic games, etc.
Also, when commuting to class on or off campus avoid alleys and walking paths where a mugger could hide to launch a surprise attack. This is especially important if you use public transportation such as MetroLink or MetroBus traveling alone at night. Washington University St. Louis offers a shuttle service for its students and I recommend all students utilize this valuable service.
Lastly, go online and research the many methods of non-lethal personal security for college students available to protect university students from being victimized. For example, Wildfire pepper spray gel is a very effective non-lethal self-defense weapon that can be easily concealed in your hand while commuting to your urban university.
Crime Is Real, Don’t Be a Victim!