Safety First
Street Safety
  • Use main or well lit streets whenever possible.
  • If you are approached by a suspicious looking stranger, cross the street.
  • Walk with confidence. Look like you know where you’re going.
  • Ignore comments from strangers.
  • If someone touches or pushes you, try to move away quickly.
  • Avoid shortcuts. Don’t walk through alleys.
  • Plan your route and remain alert when walking anywhere.
  • Whenever possible, don’t walk alone at night.
  • Don’t carry a weapon – it can be used against you.
  • If someone demands your purse or money, give it to them.
Coming Home Late at Night
  • Enter your home through the front door, not the back door.
  • Know what stores are open in your neighborhood at night. If you suspect that you are being followed, stay away from empty streets and head for the store you know is open. If it’s a bar, don’t hesitate to go in.
  • If someone drops you off at home by auto, ask the driver to wait until you are safely inside.
  • If a motorist bothers you while you are walking, turn around and walk in the opposite direction of the car. Do this as often as necessary and he should get discouraged.
When at Home
  • Have your key ready before you get to the front door.
  • Make sure your entrance area is well lit.
  • Be aware of areas where strangers could hide.
  • If you live in an apartment, don’t be polite and hold the lobby door open for a stranger who has been waiting.
  • List only your last name and first initial in your mailbox.
Home Safety
  • Use deadbolt locks and chains on doors.
  • Always keep your door locked
  • If you have a peephole look through it to see who is at the door before opening the door.
  • Never open the door to anyone unless you know them.
  • Always ask repairmen to show identification before letting them into your home.
  • Don’t buzz someone inside unless you know them
  • If a stranger wants to use your phone for any kind of call from business to emergency, keep him out and you make the call for them. Any problems or doubt? Call the police.
  • If you arrive home and find your door open, don’t go inside. Call the police from a pay phone or neighbor’s house and ask them to meet you.
  • Trust your instincts. Don’t get on the elevator with a stranger if your own good judgment warns you against it. Need an excuse to avoid embarrassment? Say something like, “Oh, I forgot my mail.”
When in Your Car
  • Keep your car in good condition and keep the gas tank filled.
  • Use major streets whenever possible and park near your destination.
  • Phone in advance and let people at your destination know your approximate time of arrival.
  • Keep windows rolled up except for a small ventilation space and keep your doors locked.
  • If someone attempts to force you off the road, don’t panic. Blow your horn constantly to attract attention. If you are forced over, as soon as you stop put your car in reverse and back away. Keep blowing the horn and moving the car as much as possible.
  • If you suspect that someone is following you, make a few turns down active streets if possible. If the auto you suspect is following you makes the same turns as you, head for the nearest police station or open store. Don’t try to make it to your own quiet residential area.
  • Try to park your car in a well lit area. This is good not only from the standpoint of discouraging a personal attack on you but also for reducing the chance of auto theft. Look around before you get out of your car.
  • Before getting into your car, look inside first to make sure no one is hiding in the back seat. When leaving your car, make sure it is locked.
  • Don’t accept a ride from a stranger even if your car breaks down. Ask the stranger to send help from a gas station.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
When Using Public Transportation
  • Board the bus or train from a well lit area.
  • Carry your fare in your hand as you approach the ticket window or get on the bus.
  • Move to a different seat if you are worried about the behavior of a person sitting next to you.
  • Try to ride on the train car where the conductor is working.
  • If you feel threatened, let the driver or the conductor know. He has a radio and can call for help.
  • Hold your purse or package on your lap.
When in the Office
  • If you are alone in your office always lock your door.
  • If you leave your office, even for a short time, put your possessions in a safe, locked place. Then lock your office door.
  • If a suspicious looking person appears, don’t get on the elevator with them.
  • Try to stand near the control panel in the elevator. If a stranger threatens you, press several buttons on the panel so that the elevator will stop at different floors. Exit on a floor with which you are familiar.
  • When using public bathrooms, be aware of where you place your purse or briefcase.
  • When in a restaurant, put your purse or briefcase in a safe place.
  • When making a purchase in stores or newspaper stands, don’t flash large sums of money. Even in the bank, handle your cash as discreetly as possible.
At the Automatic Teller Machine
  • If possible, never use an ATM at night.
  • If you must use the ATM at night, choose a bank that is well lit on a street that is well traveled.
  • Safeguard your PIN (Personal Identification Number). Don’t carry it in your wallet.
  • Avoid drawing out more money than you need.
  • Pocket your money immediately after you count it at the teller station.
  • Take your receipt and check to see that the ATM has terminated your transaction.
  • Check outside the bank before you leave.
General Tips
  • Minimize the amount of money and credit cards you carry with you on a daily basis.
  • If you are confronted with a weapon, don’t resist unless you are left with no choice but to resist.
  • Observe as much as you can about the criminals. Notice any details which will aid you when you describe them and their mannerisms. When trying to determine age, height, weight and appearance make comparisons between them and yourself or people you know.
  • Remain as calm as possible. Robbers usually are excited and may be provoked easily or might be under the influence of drugs.
  • Don’t keep your wallet in rear trouser pocket (sucker pocket).
  • Do keep your wallet in the inside jacket pocket.
  • Do keep your wallet in side trouser pocket with handkerchief on top of it or keep wallet sideways in pocket.
  • Be careful in crowds.
  • Be especially aware when someone drops something in front of you and bends down to pick it up. When you almost trip over them, the person in back of you pushes you and your wallet is lifted.
  • Don’t carry your bag in such a way that you can’t let go of it if you have to. (Many women have been injured because their own bags acted as handcuffs as a purse snatcher yanked it away.)
  • Be aware of your surroundings and carry your bag close to your body, tucked in the bend of your elbow.
  • Minimize the amount of money and credit cards you carry and divide your money between pocket and bags.
  • If you are a victim of a purse snatch, don’t fight to hold onto your bag, especially if there is a weapon involved.