POINTS TO REMEMBER
- One of the most successful deterrents to being a victim of street crime is the buddy system. A lone person is the best target for a criminal. Travel in pairs or with a group whenever you can.
- A personal alarm, carried in plain view in a person’s hand while walking, is a visible deterrent against being attacked or robbed.
- Be aware of your surroundings and don’t use unfamiliar shortcuts to save time.
- Plan a safe route and stick to it.
- Do not wear restrictive clothing or flashy jewelry.
- Stay on busy, well-lighted streets.
- Walk in the middle of the sidewalk.
- Set boundaries and keep a safe distance from strangers on the street.
- Walk facing traffic so you can see approaching cars.
- If you are being followed, change directions and head for a populated area.
- Always carry emergency money and keys separate from your purse or wallet.
- Never accept rides from strangers or people you do not know well.
- When you jog or cycle, vary your route and use populated paths.
- When you are leaving the house to go shopping, carry only the methods of payment that you will need. Why carry cash, your chequebook, ATM card and credit cards, when you will not need them all to pay for your purchases?
- PURSES – Criminals associate purses with money 100% of the time. You dramatically decrease the chances of becoming a robbery victim by carrying a belt pack, fanny pack or wallet instead of a purse. Before leaving home, ask yourself if you really have to take your purse. If you decide to take your purse, carry only what you need inside it.
- To reduce the chances of injury in a purse snatching, avoid wrapping the purse strap around your wrist, forearm or shoulder.
- If you are involved in a robbery, cooperate as best you can and give up your money. Remember: your personal safety is the number one priority!
Ensure your vehicle is in good running order and mechanically sound before leaving for your destination. Keep gas tank at least ¼ full. Always try to park in well-lighted and busy areas. This is important for both your personal safety and the protection of your vehicle and its contents. When your vehicle is left unoccupied, all doors should be locked and windows closed. NEVER leave the motor running or the key in the ignition when your vehicle is unoccupied. This is an open invitation to a car thief. Do not leave valuables or property in plain view inside your vehicle. Keep the vehicle clean and empty of personal items which may attract thieves. Keep the doors of your vehicle locked at all times. Ensure you know the proper route to your destination to avoid having to stop to ask strangers for directions. If you feel you are being followed, drive onto the lot of a well-lighted open business. If the vehicle follows you, remain inside your locked car and honk the horn until someone comes to assist you. If you observe a vehicle driving carelessly or erratically, do not try to pass it to get away from it. Slow down to let it get ahead of you, and if possible record the license plate number. Report this vehicle to the police as soon as possible. If your vehicle breaks down, try to pull over to the side of the road, turn on your four way flashers, and display a CALL POLICE sign in your window. Only open your window an inch to allow someone to talk to you and ask them to call police for you if you do not have a cellular phone. If you see a motorist who needs assistance, call police for them from your cellphone or the nearest telephone; do not get out of your car to try and help. When involved in a minor motor vehicle accident, quickly assess the damage, then remove the damaged vehicles from the roadway and exchange particulars in a safe place. When emergency vehicles are approaching you with lights and sirens activated, pull over to the right and come to a complete stop. When being pulled over by the police, pull over to the right and stop in the first available safe place. Remain in your vehicle and await instructions from the police officer. When parking your car, look for a busy, well-lighted parking lot and park as close to the entrance as possible.
SAFETY AWAY FROM HOME
It is important to take extra care in securing your home when you are going to be away for any length of time. Not only should your home be secure, but it should also appear lived in.