The following are tips that can help you avoid becoming a victim of a crime when you are at home, out and about, or working at your job. By taking a few simple precautions, you can reduce the risk to yourself, and also discourage those who commit crimes.
- At home, use good lighting and solid door and window locks. If you see or hear anything suspicious, call the police.
- When you are out and about, stay in well-lit areas with groups of people.
- Never leave your keys or other valuables in your car. Park in well-lit areas, and have your keys in hand when you return to your vehicle.
- If you ride the bus during off-hours, ride as near to the operator as you can.
- If you use an ATM, don't repeatedly visit the same machine at the same time, the same day of the week.
- Remember to always lock your bike or vehicle.
- Carry credit cards and checks instead of cash, and keep your wallet in a secure pocket or purse.
- If you work after hours, lock your doors. When you leave, use a buddy system with a coworker or security guard.
If you are attacked
Notify the police immediately. If there are witnesses, ask them to stay until police arrive. Tell the police what you know. No fact is too trivial.