Remember, the key to
staying safe is avoiding dangerous situations by staying alert to you
surroundings and learning what situations can become potentially dangerous!
Safety Tips When On Foot
- Choose busy streets and
avoid going through deserted areas. At night, walk in well-lit areas
- Try not to jog or walk
- Carry your purse close
to your body. Do not carry valuables with you. A small purse is a good
Safety In Your Car
- Always lock your cars and
take the keys, even if you'll be gone a short time.
- Keep your car in good
running condition, and keep the tank at least a quarter full. Lock doors
- Replace standard lock
buttons with tapered buttons. The replacements are very inexpensive and are
much more difficult to open.
- If your car breaks down,
raise the hood and place emergency flashers on. Wait in the car with the
doors locked. When someone stops to help, don't get out. Ask them, through a
slightly cracked window to phone the police for help.
- Always lock your doors even
if your driving down the street. You never know when your going to be
stopped at a light and someone is going to attempt to get into your car.
- Carry as few valuables as
possible, especially if you must leave your vehicle unattended for long
periods of time.
- Lock packages in the trunk
or put them under a seat out of sight before you reach your destination.
- Don't use your glove
compartment as a traveling safe. It is the first place that thieves look.
- Park in a well lit area
that will still be well lit when you return.
- When traveling and stopping
overnight, bring everything into your hotel/motel room. Use the hotel safe
for valuable jewelry, cameras, etc. Remember, out-of-state license plates
attract thieves. Be especially careful to lock up your valuables at beaches,
restaurants, and other tourist attractions. Items such as cellular
telephones, CB radios, and MP3 or CD players should be locked in the trunk
when not in use.
- Leave only your ignition
key when parking in an attended lot. Never leave your house key or any other
key on the ring.
- Never pick up a hitchhiker!!!
Never hitch rides yourself!!!
Safety At An ATM
- Try to plan ATM use during
the day rather than at night.
- Avoid making withdrawals at
ATMs in isolated areas.
- Pre-plan your transactions
to reduce the amount of time at the machine.
- When making a withdrawal,
quickly place the money in your purse or wallet. Do not count the money
- Watch out for suspicious
people waiting around an ATM. If someone offers to let you go ahead of them,
decline politely and leave.
- When visiting a drive
through ATM, keep your doors locked and be prepared to drive away quickly.
Watch in your mirrors, and areas surrounding your car.
- If you are approached and
have not finished your transaction, push the CANCEL button and drive away.
If you do not have time to get your card, call the bank immediately.
Three Basic Rules Of
- Stay alert and tuned into
your surroundings, wherever you are. Don't be taken by surprise. Be aware
and be prepared.
- Stand tall and walk
confidently. Don't show fear. Don't LOOK like a victim.
- Trust your instincts. If
you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave right away and get
help if necessary.