Self-protection is knowing how to avoid being the victim of an attack. By taking a common sense approach to your daily activities and practicing the crime prevention tips that follow, you can minimize your chances of becoming a victim. Remember: You are your first line for protection! You can protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property (But never rate property higher than a human life).
At Home | While Driving | When Walking, Jogging or Out and About
When Walking, Jogging, or Out and About
- Avoid going alone.
- Vary your routes; don’t be predictable.
- Carry a whistle or noise-maker.
- Avoid going out at night (especially alone).
- Don’t go out alone if intoxicated or depressed.
- Be aware of your surroundings, & if you feel uncomfortable, get out of the situation.
- If you believe in the “fight or flight Syndrome,” flight is usually the best.
- If a car approaches you when you are out & about, & this makes you feel uncomfortable, then just turn around & go in the opposite direction.
- When out & about, stay away from shrubs and/or doorways; stay close to the curb.
- Walk with a purpose; do it with confidence.
- Dress comfortably with freedom of movement.
- Avoid isolated and/or dark places.
- If carrying a purse or brief case, keep it close to your body. Don’t dangle it at your side.
- Try to keep your hands free.
- Take along a cell phone. 911 calls are free on pay phones.
- Lock your doors whether you are leaving your house or your vehicle. Carry a key.
- Keep in mind that while wearing headphones, you lose awareness of your surroundings.