Personal Safety Tips

  • Trust your instincts and use common sense to avoid potentially dangerous situations.
  • Walk with confidence and be alert to your surroundings.
  • When possible always travel and/or shop with a friend.
  • If you are out at night, stay in well lighted areas.
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your car or home, so you don't spend time looking for them. Lock your doors immediately.
  • Be aware of people who approach asking for directions. Keep a safe distance.
  • Walk on the side of the street nearest to oncoming traffic. If accosted by someone in a car, run in the opposite way the car is headed.
  • If possible, carry a cell phone. Know whom you could call in an emergency, such as 911. Be sure that you know how to quickly dial the number or how to use the preset number feature.
  • If you suspect someone looks suspicious in your area move to a more populated or public place.
  • The use of pepper spray is an option if you familiarize yourself with its use. You could also consider carrying noise making devices such as a whistle or personal alarm.
  • If you become a victim or witness suspicious activity get details of the person or vehicle. Report this information to the police.