PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS FOR WALKING, HOME AND DRIVING
WHAT KIND OF PREVENTIVE ACTIONS CAN A PERSON TAKE WHEN OUTSIDE?
1. Have a plan, be suspicious, be aware of your surroundings, walk with confidence.
2. Walk with a friend whenever possible.
3. Avoid dark streets, high shrubbery, short cuts, and dark doorways.
4. Try to walk facing oncoming traffic.
5. Maintain secure grip on handbag or purchases.
A. Keep the flap towards your body. If someone tries to grab the purse, let him/her have it.
6. When you think you are being followed, you can:
A. Turn and walk directly towards the individual and cross the street. Look the individual in the eye (eye contact can be a deterrent).
B. Go to an open business, such as an all-night market, gas station, police or Fire station, hospital emergency room, hotel lobby, etc.
C. Keep change with you in case you need to make a call. You can dial 911 on a pay phone without depositing change.
7. Be wary of newly acquired acquaintances. Don’t reveal personal information to new found friends.
WHAT KIND OF PRECAUTIONS SHOULD BE TAKEN WHEN DRIVING OR PARKING A CAR?
1. Keep your car in good repair and full of gas.
2. Always keep all doors locked and keep windows rolled up.
3. Whenever possible, travel in well-lighted, busy streets.
4. If driving alone, don’t stop to aid disabled motorists.
5. Should your car become disabled:
A. Stay in locked car until professional help arrives.
B. If someone stops to offer assistance, don’t roll down the window--talk through the class.
C. Do not go with anyone for help.
D. Raise the hood ad turn on the flashers.
E. Set rear-view mirror so that you can see around you.
F. Consider the possibility of investing in a cellular phone. This will allow you to call for help.
6. Avoid parking in remote, dark areas.
A. Always lock your car.
B. Be cautious in underground parking areas.
C. Always check the back seat and under the car before entering your car.
D. Place packages in the trunk unless your car is equipped with an automatic trunk release that works without a key.
WHAT KIND OF PRECAUTIONS CAN BE TAKEN IN THE HOME?
1. When you move into a new home or apartment:
A. Have all exterior locks changed. Previous tenants may still have keys.
B. Request a security survey by the police/sheriff. Check with the local agency regarding the neighborhood.
C. Don’t leave key under the doormat or in "hiding places", and don’t leave notes.
2. Use last name and initial only on mailbox and in the phone book or invent a roommate.
3. Install and use a peephole in the front door.
4. Always request to see ID from people you do not know.
5. Never open the door to strangers.
A. Don’t contribute to surveys.
6. Window shades should be drawn after dark.
7. Laundry rooms/Public laundromats
A. Be cautious.
B. Take every precaution not to be there alone.
A. Check the elevator before you get on. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, don’t get on.
B. If you are on the elevator and someone suspicious gets on, leave the elevator.
9. Engraving personal property such as TV’s, stereos, and computers, can be a deterrent against theft and also assist in the recovery of stolen property.
10. Record all serial numbers of property and maintain receipt of purchase in a safe, secure place.
11. Take photographs or a VCR taped record of jewelry, antiques, or other expensive items. These records and documentation can assist in providing ownership in the event of theft or fire. Keep the records in a safe, secure place (ie: safety deposit box).
12. Vacation or away from home tips:
A. Stop newspaper and mail delivery.
B. Put lights on a time delay switch so that lights will come on in the evening hours.
C. Inform trusted neighbors that you will be away from your home. Ask them to check the house while you are gone.
13. What to do if you see suspicious activity:
A. Stay at a safe distance and get a good description of the person and/or vehicle and license number, if possible.
B. Contact your local law enforcement agency with this information as soon as possible.