Boca Raton, Florida – More than 12 billion passengers rode public transit in Canada and the U.S. last year, but 58 per cent of Canadian women feel worried when waiting or using public transit alone after dark. The report, issued by ADT Security Services, cites Canada’s Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children.

“People who use public transportation can be especially vulnerable to violent crime,” said Larry Mays, director of transportation and logistics for ADT. “From parking lots to confined subway platforms to remote bus stops, the opportunity for crime is always there.”

ADT offers the following tips:

– Use well-lit, busy waiting and exit areas, and travel through stations with security surveillance cameras wherever possible.

– Never allow children to use public transportation alone. Children should always travel with a trusted adult along planned, safe routes, and adults should create an emergency backup plan in case of separation. Teach children to stay away from the edge of train platforms, and approach buses and trains only after they have come to a complete stop.

– Observe the behaviour of others around you. If you feel uneasy or threatened, change your seat, alert the driver, or get off the bus or train when you can. As you leave, make sure you are not being followed.

– Look for an aisle seat or sit near a driver or operator, if possible. Do not choose a seat too close to the door, where thieves may have easy access to valuables.

– Always keep your personal belongings close to you and keep an eye on them at all times.

– Park in well-lit parking lots and secure structures. Most public transportation crime occurs in parking lots or structures, so look for areas with security cameras or regular security patrols.

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