Personal Safety Tips
By Public Affairs
Thursday, December 30, 2010; 9:45 am
Personal Safety Starts with YOU
Remember, whenever possible, to…
- Reduce or eliminate opportunities that make you a target
- Increase awareness in places you are most vulnerable
- Trust your instincts regardless of feeling embarrassed
- Prepare your outing or routine with safety in mind
Always be aware of your surroundings and carry your purse clasp-side inward, close to the body, in the bend of your elbow (as if carrying a football).
Never carry a wallet in your rear pocket, use a front pocket or inside jacket pocket instead.
Be aware of arguments or disturbances that may be designed to distract you from pick-pockets.
Reduce the amount of money or valuables that you carry, particularly around the holidays. Take only what is necessary as you travel about.
Use well-travelled, well-lit streets and paths.
Travel in groups if possible.
If followed, head towards populated or open areas.
Don’t allow texting or phone conversations to distract you from your surroundings.
If a person in a vehicle bothers you reverse direction and head to a safe, populated, well-lit place.
When walking to your car, pay attention to those around and, potentially, anyone inside.
Keep doors locked at all times and windows up, if possible.
Keep valuables stored in the trunk, out of sight, remembering, however, not to place items in the trunk and walk away.
Plan your route in advance. Displaying maps can send a message that you are unfamiliar with the area and make you a potential target.
When stopped in traffic remember to always leave enough space between your vehicle and the one in front that will allow space to pass easily, if necessary.
Keep your car well-maintained and the gas tank half-full to avoided being stranded or gassing-up in unfamiliar areas.
Have your keys out and ready before you approach your front door.
The front and rear door areas should be well-lit.
Consider motion-sensing lights.
If you live in an apartment building, always make sure the door is closed behind you.
If a stranger asks to use to phone or makes another request which could allow him or her into your home, refuse confidently and offer to make the call for them.
If you arrive home and there are signs of a burglary, STAY OUT and immediately call 911.
Don’t drink excessively. You are a far more attractive target for criminals.
Don’t flash large amounts of cash when paying the tab.
Don’t talk loudly about the next venue you may be headed to. Criminals may pick a point along the route there to await your passing.
Consider calling for a cab instead of flagging one down.
"...IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!"
...And Call 911!
Updated: 02/24/11; 11:08 am