Personal Safety

Each of us is responsible for our own personal safety, and the best defense is prevention. You can protect yourself by using common sense, as well as thinking and acting wisely and responsibly. Be aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts and always have a plan. Practice good safety habits and remember your gut feeling is always right.

Principles of Prevention


Wherever you are, be tuned in to your surroundings.


Stand tall and give the appearance that you are in control.


If something or someone makes you uneasy, leave right away and get help if needed.

Personal Safety Checklist

  • Carry a cell phone and make sure it’s charged
  • Tell people where you are going and when you expect to be back
  • Wear reflective clothing while exercising outdoors
  • Lock your car doors

Safety in Your Vehicle

  • Be alert to your surroundings when getting in and out of your car.
  • Keep your car in good running condition.
  • When driving, keep your doors locked.
  • If you think someone is following you, don’t head home. Drive to the nearest open business, police or fire station and call 911, telling the dispatcher where you are located and where you are headed.
  • Avoid parking in isolated areas with little traffic. Be alert in parking garages.
  • Don’t leave packages or other valuables on the seats of your car.
  • Have your keys in hand before you approach your vehicle.

Runner/Walker Safety Tips

  • Run with a partner or a dog.
  • Don’t wear headphones.
  • Run where the light is good, know your route and avoid isolated areas.
  • Carry your cell phone and make sure it’s charged. 
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.

Safety Tips for Every Day

  • Stay on well-lighted, well-traveled streets.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Try to use automated teller machines in the daylight, and have your card in hand.
  • Carry your purse close to your body.
  • If you leave work after dark, ask someone (a coworker or security guard) to walk you to your car.
  • If you need help, yell and call 911 on your cell phone.