These tips are not intended to scare you, but to make you aware of some simple things you can do to prevent being the victim of a crime.
- Listen to and act on your intuition. It’s better to be safe and risk a little embarrassment, than stay in an uncomfortable situation that may be unsafe.
- If you are in danger or being attacked and want to get help, yell “Call 911!” or give specific directions to onlookers; for example: “You! Get the police!” or “Walk me to the store on the corner, I’m being followed.”
- Have your keys ready when approaching your car or building.
- Vary your routine: drive or walk different routes every day. If you suspect that someone is following you, by foot or in a car, don’t go home (or they will know where you live). Go to a trusted neighbor or to a public place to call police, or go directly to the police station.
- Do not label keys with your name or any identification.
- Don’t talk about your social life or vacation plans where strangers can overhear you.
- Carry your cell phone with you at all times.