Personal Safety Tips

Always be prepared. Be alert and aware of the people around you. Educate yourself on prevention tactics. Be aware of situations and locations that could make you vulnerable to crime (dark parking lots, areas with dense shrubbery, etc).

On the Street

  • Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you, especially if you are alone.
  • Walk confidently at a steady pace. Be alert. Notice who passes you and who is behind you.
  • Make eye contact with people when walking.
  • When possible, travel with a friend.
  • Walk in well-lit areas. Don't walk near bushes, alleys, etc.
  • Wear clothes and shoes that give you freedom of movement.
  • Don't overburden yourself with bags or packages that might make running difficult.
  • Hold your purse tightly, close to your body.
  • Carry as little cash as possible. Carry a whistle, personal alarm, or pepper spray.
  • If a car stops you for directions or information, always reply from a safe distance. Never get too close to the car.
  • If a car persists in bothering you, cross the street and walk or run in the other direction.
  • If you feel someone is following you, turn around and check. Proceed to the nearest lit house or place of business.
  • If you feel you are in danger, do not be afraid to yell loudly and run.

Car Safety

  • Always lock your car doors even when you will be gone for only a few minutes.
  • Lock your doors when driving.
  • Park in well-lit areas, and observe your surroundings when you leave your car at night.
  • Always have your car and house keys in hand so you will not have to fumble with them.
  • Keep your car in good working condition.
  • If your car breaks down, use distress signals such as putting the hood up or setting your emergency flashers. Remain in the car with the doors locked. Wait for the police or ask anyone who does stop to send a tow truck or the police. Be wary of accepting help from strangers.
  • If you are followed by another car, honk your horn all the way to the nearest gas station, police or fire station, or a well-lighted home.