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
THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO THOSE WHO MIGHT WANT TO HARM YOU. PAY ATTENTION AND YOU WILL LESSEN THE CHANCES OF BECOMING A VICTIM.
- Never open your door to strangers. Use peepholes or look out a window. There is no reason that you have to open the door to anyone. Teach this to everyone in the household.
- Never let a stranger into your home. If they need to use the phone, tell them that you will make the call for them.
- Install deadbolts on all exterior doors & use them. Be sure that the screws for the strike plate go at least 3 inches into the doorframe.
- Lock your windows. If you want to have ventilation, then put in secondary locks.
- Install photocells for your porch lights (instead of motion sensors). Your lights will go on at night & off in the morning whether you are home or not. Use inexpensive low watt bulbs.
- If you find that your home has been broken into, don’t go inside. Call 911.
- Be cautious when entering building/apartment common areas such as laundry rooms, elevators, parking garages, etc. Report inoperative lights & locks.
- If someone lived in your home before you, have the locks changed.
- Close your window shades at night & be sure that the landscape around them is trimmed short.
- Have a telephone extension in your bedroom.
- List only your first initial & last name on your mailbox, phone book, or door.
- Do not hide keys under the doormat, in flower pots, or mail boxes.
- Carry your house keys in your hand before you get to the door.
- If you receive an obscene and/or threatening phone call, dial *57 immediately, then call police to report it (221-6540).
- Report any suspicious persons, vehicles, and activities to the police as soon as possible.