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Personal Safety

Be Alert

  • Always be alert and aware of the people around you.
  • Scan the area around you when walking in parking lots.
  • Do not use mobile devices while walking in public.  Attackers often prey on distracted victims.
  • If you need to open a purse or wallet in public, first scan the area around you.
  • If you are in the elevator with a stranger, stand near the control panel. If attacked, press as many of the control buttons as possible.
  • Be alert for pickpockets on crowded elevators.

Street Precautions

  • Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you, especially if you are alone or it is dark.
  • Whenever possible, travel with a friend.
  • When returning to your car at night, travel in pairs.
  • Stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible.
  • Walk confidently and at a steady pace.
  • Make eye contact with people when walking.
  • Do not respond to conversation from strangers on the street, continue walking.
  • If you carry a purse, hold it securely between your arm and your body. But never fight with an attacker to protect your purse, your safety is much more precious.
  • Carry your wallet inside your coat or in a front pocket.

Motorist Safety

  • Always lock car doors immediately after entering or leaving your car.
  • Park in well-lighted areas.
  • Have your car keys in your hand so you don’t have to linger before entering your car.
  • Check the back seat before entering your car.
  • If you think you are being followed, drive to a public place or a police, sheriff or fire station.
  • If your car breaks down, open the hood and attach a white cloth to the car antenna. If someone stops to help, stay in the locked car, roll down the window a little and ask them to call 9-1-1.
  • Use caution if aiding another motorist.  Call 9-1-1 as soon as you are off the road to let them know about the situation, later call back with an update.  If in doubt, do not even exit your car, just call 9-1-1 and aid will be dispatched.

Workplace Security

  • Never leave your purse or wallet in plain view or in the pocket of a jacket hanging on a door.
  • Personal property should be marked with your driver’s license number.
  • Don’t leave cash or valuables at the office.
  • Be aware of escape routes for emergencies.
  • If you work alone or before/after normal business hours, keep the office door locked.
  • If you work late, find another worker to walk out with you.

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