Self-protection means knowing how to avoid becoming a crime victim and what to do in the event you do become a victim. For example, carry no more cash than is absolutely necessary. Keep a list at home of your credit cards and account numbers, licenses and other valuables to make filing a report easier. The following are more safety tips...
- Walk with someone to discourage muggers.
- Stay in well-lighted areas and walk near the curb.
- Keep away from alley entrances, entryways or shrubs where someone could be hiding.
- Stay near people; avoid shortcuts through vacant parking lots, parks and other deserted areas.
- Hold your purse or backpack close.
- Don’t accept rides with strangers.
- Keep your distance from a car if the driver stops to ask directions - you could be pulled inside.
- Walk with confidence, do not appear timid or frightened.
- Don’t fight if your purse is snatched; you may risk injury.
BEING FOLLOWED BY SOMEONE ON FOOT?
- Remain alert. Keep looking behind you as it may discourage your follower.
- Cross the street, change directions and/or change your pace.
- If the follower persists, go to a lighted home or store and call authorities.
BEING FOLLOWED BY SOMEONE IN A CAR?
- Turn around and walk in the other direction.
- Go up a one-way street if possible.
- If the follower persists, try to get the tag number and call authorities.
- Keep windows up and doors locked at all times.
- Keep valuables such as a purse or cell phone out of sight.
- Don’t pick up hitchhikers.
- Don’t stop to help a disabled vehicle. Report it to law enforcement.
- Intersections and stop lights are favorite targets for would-be attackers. Leave enough room between you and the car in front to enable you to pull away. Keep your car in gear, and if threatened, drive away, blowing your horn.