AS SPRING has sprung, outdoor exercising — walking, jogging, cycling etc. — has more and more appeal and followers. Chubb Security suggests the following safety guidelines to make exercise sessions safe, secure and enjoyable: • Plan routes in advance and avoid unlit, unoccupied, risky, or dangerous areas.• Avoid taking the same route every day.• Tell someone where you are going and how long you will be away — estimate return time.• If you think you are being followed, cross to the other side of the road or make your way to a shop, house or service station then call the police. If you are being followed when you approach your home, do not enter. Go to a neighbour’s home instead.• Always have your house keys ready when you approach your door. You are vulnerable when searching for your keys.• Never use headphones to listen to music when out cycling, walking or running — you need to have all your senses focused.• Carry a cell phone and a mace canister either on a belt or in a travel pouch around your waist.• Take a dog with you if possible — or a friend. Better still, join a running/walking or cycling club.• Walk or run facing the oncoming traffic so that you can take evasive action if necessary.• If you are cycling, remember to do so in single file. • Preferably wear bright coloured clothing while out on the road, especially if the light starts to fade.• Keep to the outside of pavements and away from hedges and driveways.• Never accept a lift from a stranger.