Staying safe while jogging: Vital tips from police

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — As police in New York and Massachusetts continue to investigate two separate murders of young women attacked while jogging, we’re gaining vital information from local police on how to protect yourself.

“There are pepper sprays and things to carry, but you don’t want to be afraid of every shadow and live your life afraid of what’s lurking around the corner,” East Providence Police Lt. Raymond Blinn.

As Eyewitness News first reported Monday, the town of Princeton, Mass. remains on edge following the brutal murder of 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte.

Princeton is just north of Worcester, about 40 minutes from the Rhode Island border.

At this time, investigators have no solid information, unsure whether Marcotte’s killing was planned or a random attack.

For local joggers police offered several recommendations.

“Run in groups if you can, at least run with one partner if you can, don’t run in secluded areas.  If you will be running by yourself, do it in populated areas like around neigborhoods and places like that, where you can easily run for assistance,” said Lt. Blinn.

In at least one of the recent cases, the victim was listening to music and texting a friend at the time of the attack.

“Make sure you can hear your surroundings.  If the level is enough that you can hear the sound of your feet and your own breathing you should be able to hear outside sources,” said Lt. Blinn.

Other tips include carrying an I.D., taking a self defense class if you can, but police say the most important thing you can do is stay vigilant.

This story was originally published by WPRI, a Media General contributing station.

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