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February 2, 2008

Albany -- Hundreds of steps are taken each day on South Georgia trails. "We usually try to come every evening and walk for about an hour," said Kay Lehmann.

But police say if you aren't careful, these steps could be your last.

"You have situations in different parking lot areas where people have been assaulted in the past. And that can happen easily as you are walking and exercising as it could in a parking lot of a business somewhere," said Dougherty County Sergeant Lee Reynolds. 

Officers recommend walking with someone else.

"You work together in a buddy team, that way if something happens the other person can go out for help or they can administer first aid," said Reynolds.

And if you are alone "carry a cell phone with you, that way you can call police or EMS," said Reynolds.

Be aware of your surroundings. "Be on the look out for people that are watching you. If you see somebody lurking around call the police. 

If you feel like you are being followed or notice someone following you and you don't know who they are, its not a bad idea to go ahead and call the police," said Reynolds.

Officers say one of the best things you can do is follow your gut instinct when it comes to your safety. "Just use common sense about personal safety," said Reynolds.

Because that feeling of discomfort in the pit of your stomach can save your life. Officers say if you have to walk at night, you should wear light colors or a reflector vest.

They also recommend carrying a flash light with you.

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