Invest in self defense courses. Train your instincts how to best respond under crisis and fear.
Carry a self defense tool. A pepper spray is your best bet as it's non-lethal, cheap, easy to carry and simple to use.
Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are wearing headphones, keep the volume such that you can hear the noises around you.
Install safety apps on your cellular device. Never be out of calling credit. Let a family member or friend know your destination and your estimated time of arrival or return.
Wear clothing and shoes that give you freedom of movement. And don’t burden yourself with too many packages or items
Always park in well-lit places and keep your doors locked when driving.
Avoid danger. If there's a safe way to do the job, opt for that. Try not to walk alone during late-night hours. Walk in groups whenever you can—there is always safety in numbers. Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible. Avoid alleys, vacant lots, wooded areas, and other short-cuts or secluded areas.
In the event of assault, scream and attempt to run for safety.
Do not trust strangers, never give or ask for ride from someone you don't know.
Always report suspicious activity to the local authorities