Personal Safety Tips
For more information or to schedule a presentation on adult
personal safety, contact Tuckie Shaver, Boise Police Dept,
Crime Prevention Program Coordinator - (208) 570-6073
Email Tuckie Shaver at firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the Personal Safety Tips pamphlet in .pdf
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Personal crime is frightening. Once you are
aware of crime risks, your common sense will be your best defense.
Learn to trust your instincts.
At home, install and use a wide angle peephole in your door.
Don't open doors to strangers or unexpected persons. If
someone asks to make a call from your telephone, offer to make the
call yourself. The number one entry point into a home is
usually through a unlocked door or window. Be sure to secure
your home. Be aware of strange phone calls. Never
volunteer your name or address to unknown persons. If you go
home and see anything out of the ordinary, don't go into your home.
Go to a neighbor's house or a phone booth or use your cell
phone and call the police.
When you are out, be cautious of remote or isolated places where
an attack could occur. Your own awareness of these areas is
your best protection. Walk confidently, with a purpose.
Exude self-confidence. Avoid conveying a perception of
vulnerability. This will make you less likely to be attacked.
Remember, there is safety in numbers. And don't wear
headphones when you're out-and-about. Be alert and aware of
When driving, keep doors locked and windows up. If you are
being followed, go to a location which is open 24 hours a day, such
as a convenience store. Check the interior of your vehicle
before getting in, even if the doors are locked. Get in the
habit of always having your keys out and ready in your hand when
approaching your vehicle, home, or business.
Protect your purse and your money. Don't leave your
purse unattended or dangling. Carry as little cash as
possible and don't flash cash which can make you a more attractive
target. If confronted by a robber, remain calm. Give
him what he wants.
Be aware that well over half of all rapes are perpetrated by
someone whom the victim knows. Be careful when leaving a
party or bar with or dating someone you just met or don't know
Learn to assertively stand up for yourself. Realize that
many crimes are the result of politeness; we worry more about
offending others, causing a false alarm, or embarrassing our self
more than we do watching out for our safety.
Learn and practice good safety habits.