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Your Personal Safety

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.