Crime Prevention - Personal Safety
Through crime prevention efforts, you and other concerned citizens can take control of your property and your lives, strengthen the bonds in our community and help police make your neighborhood a safe place to live.
- Most intruders seek easy targets. The more difficult you make it for them, the lower your risk of becoming a victim.
- Effective security measures need not be costly. Common sense and a bit of prevention can go a very long way.
- Lock doors and roll up windows.
- Keep valuables out of sight.
- Park in well-lit areas.
- NEVER pick up strangers.
- Avoid isolated areas.
- Walk with confidence and with another person, if possible.
- Don’t carry a lot of cash or valuables (i.e., furs, jewelry, etc.)
- Wait at busy, well-lit stops.
- Once you have boarded, sit as close to the driver as possible and remain alert.
- If anyone harasses you, scream to call attention to yourself and the situation.
Biking or Jogging
- Go with a companion.
- Vary your route.
- Avoid isolated areas, especially after dark.
- Stay alert (leave your headphones at home!)
- Wait away from the door.
- Check inside before entering.
- If anything makes you uncomfortable, DON’T get on.
- Once on board, stand by the control panel. Get off if anyone makes you uneasy.
Answering your door
- Keep it closed (chain guards are not dependable).
- Install a peephole.
- Never let a stranger in for ANY reason.
- Ask service people to show identification.
- Telephone the company to verify unexpected service calls.
On the telephone or Internet
- Don’t give any information to strangers or "wrong number" callers.
- Never give your home address or personal information to persons on the telephone or in "chat groups" on the internet.
- Hang up on obscene callers or on people who won’t identify themselves.
- Use the *57 tracing method to trace harassing calls. (Contact Qwest for details)
- If callers make threatening statements, contact the police.
General safety rules while in public places
- Always approach your car or your home with your keys already in your hand.
- If you are suspicious of a person or circumstance, go immediately to a safe place.
- Contact security or the police if you need assistance.
- Carry your wallet in your front pocket or in an inside jacket pocket to thwart pickpockets.
- To discourage purse snatchers, hold your purse firmly and secure the clasp. Never carry a purse by the strap or loosely over your shoulder. Never leave your purse unattended (i.e., hanging on restroom door, in shopping cart, etc.)