Personal Safety Tips
- Do not walk or jog in the early morning or late at night. The streets are deserted during these times.
- When you are out at night, walk with a friend.
- Do not carry more money then you need for that day.
- Do not display your cash or any other inviting targets such as cell phones, hand-held electronic games or expensive jewelry.
- If you think you are being followed, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or a light house. Do not be afraid to yell for help.
- Park in well-lighted areas close to walkways, stores, and people and with good visibility.
- Have your key out as you approach your door.
- Always lock your car, even in your own driveway. Never leave your motor running.
- Do everything you can to keep a stranger from forcing you into his or her car or to keep a stranger from getting into your car.
- If you have been abused by a dating partner, never meet him or her alone. Do not let him or her in your home or car when you are alone.
- If you are a battered spouse, call the police immediately. Assault is a crime, whether it is committed by a stranger, spouse, or family member. If you believe that you and your children are in danger, call a crisis hotline or health center and leave immediately.
- If someone tries to rob you, give up your property. Property is replaceable. You are not.
- If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police. Try to accurately describe the attacker. Your actions can help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.
Information obtained from National Crime Prevention Council at http://www.ncpc.org/topics/violent-crime-and-personal-safety/protect-yourself-from-violent-crime