I lived a mile from my elementary school and walked to and from school four times a day because I came home for lunch. I lived in a safe neighborhood and passed through another safe neighborhood, but I was still approached by men in cars three times (one of those times resulted in his arrest and trial because I provided his license plate number). My suggestions: 1) Have her walk with a friend, preferably one who lives nearby; 2) Have her carry a push-button alarm of some kind so she can signal quickly for help; 3) Consider providing her with a cell phone; and 4) make sure there is someone there at home when she arrives or have her go to a neighbor's house until you are home. (You'll pay the neighbor for her time, of course.) Give her these instructions: 1) Do NOT approach a stranger's car, male or female; 2) If they are asking for directions, she can provide them from the safety of the curb or direct them to the nearest gas station; 3) She should not approach the car to look at a map or look at a box of kittens or whatever they are offering; 4) Tell her that you will NEVER send anyone to pick her up that she does not recognize and know by name; and if they try to entice her into the car, she should say no and get their license number. She should also run (toward home) and scream for help if they get out of the car. Five blocks isn't really far, so she should be fine. But nevertheless she needs to be aware that there are bad people out there, so she needs to learn how to protect herself.