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

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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 your surroundings.

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 well.

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.