Personal Protection

Information provided courtesy of the National Crime Prevention Council

Basic Street Sense

• Wherever you are – on the street, in an office building or shopping mall, driving, waiting for a bus or subway – stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.
• Send the message that you’re calm, confident, and know where you’re going.
• Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave.
• Know the neighborhoods where you live and work. Check out the locations of police and fire stations, public telephones, hospitals, and restaurants or stores that are open late.

On Foot

• Stick to well-traveled streets. Avoid shortcuts through wooded areas, parking lots or alleys.
• Don’t flash large amounts of cash or other tempting targets like expensive jewelry or clothing.
• Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket, not a back pocket.
• Try to use automated teller machines in the daytime. Have your card in hand and don’t approach the machine if you’re uneasy about people nearby.
• Don’t wear shoes or clothing that restrict your movements.
• Have your car or house key in hand before you reach the door.
• If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant, or lighted house. If you’re scared, yell for help.
• Have to work late? Make sure there are others in the building, and ask someone – a colleague or security guard – to walk you to your car or transit stop.

On Wheels

• Keep your car in good running condition. Make sure there’s enough gas to get where you’re going and back.
• Always roll up the windows and lock car doors, even if you’re coming right back. Check inside and out before getting in.
• Avoid parking in isolated areas. Be especially alert in lots and underground parking garages.
• If you think someone is following you, don’t head home. Drive to the nearest police or fire station, gas station, or other open business to get help.

On Buses

• Use well-lighted, busy stops.
• Stay alert! Don’t doze or daydream.
• If someone harasses you, don’t be embarrassed. Loudly say “Leave me alone!” If that doesn’t work, hit the emergency device.
• Watch who gets off with you. If you feel uneasy, walk directly to a place where there are other people.

If Someone Tries to Rob You

• Don’t resist. Give up your property, don’t give up your life.
• Report the crime to law enforcement. Try to describe the attacker accurately.
• Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.
Information provided courtesy of the National Crime Prevention Council

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