RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The community is on high alert as Reno Police search for the suspect in Monday night's sexual assault.
While a suspect is on the loose, people are more conscious about their safety but it's something experts say you should be thinking about every day.
So News 4 went the extra step to show you what you can do to aviod becoming a victim.
Sergeant Marcia Lopez of the Reno Police sex crimes unit said people shouldn't be afraid, but careful.
"As we know right now, this is an isolated incident but people should use every precaution," Sgt. Lopez said.
The attack happened on Veterans Parkway. It's a busy street next to a nice, residential neighborhood, which shows you have to be careful and aware of your surroundings no matter where you are.
"Surprise is always the key element for these guys," Sgt. Lopez said.
So Sgt. Lopez said you need to take away that advantage.
"Know at all times where you're at, who's around you," she said. "Make sure you're paying attention. Try to avoid things like earbuds or texting."
"It starts with awareness and mindset," said Vicki Kawelmacher, president of the Women's Safety Academy. "If she's not in the right place here in her head, she's already lost the battle."
But paying attention isn't enough. Kawelmacher said you also need to have a plan.
"We have to be prepared emotionally, mentally and physically always," she said.
"Information is out there," said Carol Morrell, lead instructor at the Women's Shooting Academy. "Whether it's the internet, whether it's books, whether it's self-defense classes."
Above all Morrell said if you're alone - even if it's a nice or familiar area - you have to be ready to protect yourself.
"You have to have something," she said. "You can't have nothing. If you have nothing, you lose in the very beginning."