Personal Safety

Personal Safety Tips

We all like to feel safe and secure.  It is important to know that each of us is responsible for our own personal safety, and the best defense is prevention.  To reduce the likelihood of being targeted by criminals, we need to use common sense, as well as thinking and acting wisely and responsibly.  Be aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts and always have a plan.  Mental preparedness is essential to keeping yourself safe.  Practice good safety habits and remember your gut feeling is always right.  Empower yourself through prevention!

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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, use deadbolts exterior doors and install and use a wide angle peephole in your front 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, avoid remote or isolated places.  Your own awareness of these areas is your best protection.  Walk confidently, with a purpose and avoid conveying the 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.  Park in well-lit areas, and check from afar, the area around your car.  If someone is loitering nearby, get assistance.  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.  

Keep track of your financial assets and never divulge your personal information over the phone, or online, unless you have initiated the contact.  Do not fall prey to the get-rich-quick scams.  

Be aware that well over half of sexual assaults and rapes are perpetrated by someone whom the victim knows.  Be careful when leaving a party or bar or dating someone you just met or don't know well.  And always remember to report the crime.    

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 ourselves more than we do watching out for our safety.  Continue to practice good safety habits, remember to be aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts and have a plan.