Personal Safety is as much an attitude as it is action. If you are out and look like an easy target or look like a "victim" you are more likely to become a victim.
Basic Street Sense
- Wherever you are - on the street, in an office building or shopping mall, driving, waiting for a bus - stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.
- Send the message that your're calm, confident and know where you're going.
- Trust your instincts. More than anything else, your instincts will tell you when foul play is afoot. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid them or leave.
On Foot - Day And Night
- Stick to well-lighted, well-traveled streets or sidewalks. Avoid shortcuts through wooded areas, parking lots, alleys or other secluded places.
- Don't flash large amounts of cash or other tempting targets like expensive jewelry or clothing.
- Carry a purse close to your body. Place your wallet in a front pant pocket or inside jacket pocket.
- Use ATM machines in the daytime and do not approach one if you're uneasy about people nearby.
- Do not leave your purse unattended in shopping carts or on a store counter.
- Don't wear shoes or clothing that restrict your movement.
- Have your car key or house key in hand before you reach the door.
- If you believe you are being followed, do not go home. Switch directions and go to a public place where people are present.
- Keep your car in good running order. 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 parking garages.
- If you think you are being followed, don't go home. Drive to the nearest public place, police station, fire station or other open business and call 911.
- Don't pick up hitchhikers.
- If you are traveling and your vehicle breaks down, do not take a ride with someone who stops. Ask the who stops to summon professional help.
- If you have a less than dependable vehicle and plan to travel, consider renting a car to ensure it's dependability.
If Someone Tries To Rob You
- Don't resist. Give up your property, don't give up your life.
- Report the crime to the sheriff's office or other appropriate police agency. Be a good witness. Try to describe your attacker accurately. Always pay close attention for features or characteristics that would distinguish the attacker from others.