Using Your Street Sense To Stay Safe
Wherever you are on the street, in an office building or
shopping mall, driving, waiting for a bus or cab, stay alert and
tuned in to your surroundings.
Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you
uncomfortable, avoid the person or leave.
Know the neighborhoods where you live and work. Check out the
locations of police and fire stations, public telephones,
hospitals, and restaurants, or stores that are open late.
On Foot-Day or Night
- Stick to well-lit, well-traveled streets. Avoid shortcuts
through wooded areas, parking lots, or alleys.
- Don't flash money or other tempting targets like jewelry or
- Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps.
Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket, not a back
pocket. Carry only what is necessary and try not to keep
currency and credit cards all in one place.
- Don't wear shoes or clothing that restricts your movements.
- Have your car or house key in hand before you reach the door.
- Try to use automated teller machines (ATM) in the daytime.
Have your card in hand and don't approach the machine if you're
uneasy about people nearby. Better yet, only use the ATM
machines inside of grocery stores, malls, or gas stations.
- If you think someone is following you, switch direction or
cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant, or
lighted house. If someone harasses you, don't be embarrassed.
Loudly say, "Leave me alone! Someone call the police! Get away!"
- Keep your car in good running condition. Make sure there's
enough gas to get where you're going and back.
- Always roll up the windows and lock car doors, even if you're
coming right back. Check inside and out before getting in.
- Avoid parking in isolated areas. Be especially alert in lots
and underground parking garages.
- If you think someone is following you, don't head home. Drive
to the nearest police or fire station, gas station, or other
open business to get help.
If Someone Tries to Rob You
- Don't resist. Give up your property. Don't risk your life.
- Report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker
accurately. Your actions can help prevent others from being
Take a Stand!
- Make your neighborhood and working place safer by reporting
broken street lights, cleaning up parks and vacant lots and
lobbying local government for better lighting in public places.
- Initiate a block watch program in your neighborhood by
contacting your local crime prevention unit.
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