Your Personal Safety
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible.
- Do not give your telephone number to wrong telephone callers. Ask the caller, “What number are you calling?”
- Never reveal to a stranger or wrong number caller, your address or that you are home alone.
- Teach your children how to dial “911”.
- When parking, look inside and around your car before getting in for anyone who may be hiding or approaching you.
- If out, avoid walking alone when possible and never hitchhike.
- Walk in the middle of the sidewalk facing oncoming traffic.
- Appear confident and purposeful when you walk, robbers and rapists look for someone who appears vulnerable.
- If you carry a purse, carry it close to your body in front; carry no more money or credit cards than you need.
- Wearing headphones while walking can distract you and make you less alert to potential danger.
- Be careful when people stop you for directions or money. Always reply from a distance and never get too close to the car.
- If you think you are being followed, walk quickly to where there are people and lights.
- If a car appears to be following you, turn and walk in the opposite direction or walk on the other side of the street.
- If attacked on the street, make a lot of noise, bite, kick, scratch and scream. Act quickly to throw the attacker off guard. Remember that first goal is to get away.
Source: American Crime Prevention Institute