CRIME PREVENTION TIPS
Crime prevention means being aware of your environment and remaining alert to situations that could make you vulnerable to crime. We cannot list specific measures that will protect you in every threatening situation. Instead we hope to help you think “Crime Prevention” in day to day living.
If at all possible, never walk alone.
If you absolutely have to walk alone, walk on well-lighted, well-traveled walkways and plan your route ahead of time. Avoid places where attackers might hide (spaces between parked cars, overgrown shrubs, and dark passageways) and areas where you might get cornered. Remember that it is best to walk facing traffic.
If anyone follows you, look confident and let him or her know you are aware of their presence. Don’t be polite or engage in conversation.
If they continue to follow you, cross the street and/or change directions.
If this doesn’t work, walk toward other people or occupied buildings and stay away from places where you might get cornered.
If someone in a car follows you and is persistent or becomes obscene, write down the license number and report it to police as soon as possible.
If someone follows you and is persistent or becomes obscene, write down the license number and report it to the appropriate police agency as soon as possible.
If you are trapped in your car, honk your horn in quick short bursts. This will attract people’s attention.
Make sure that all of the car doors are locked whenever you leave your vehicle.
When returning to your car, have your keys ready so you can enter your car quickly and be aware of your surroundings. If you have to look into a purse or a pocket to find them, it takes extra time and you lose sight of what is around you, which could allow someone to sneak up on you.
As you approach your car, look underneath to make sure no one is hiding there. Before you enter your car, look to see if all of the doors are locked or if there are any uninvited passengers in the back seat or on the floor. If your door locks are not the way you left them or you see someone inside, leave the area as quickly as possible and notify the police.
Don’t pick up hitchhikers.
Let someone know where you will be working and when you anticipate returning home. Make sure your family and friends know the work number where you can be reached. Call when you reach your workstation and once again just before leaving to go home.
A portable cellular phone is highly recommended. They are effective in emergency situations to give instant access to emergency services.
Carry a portable, battery-powered high decibel alarm device or a loud whistle.
Carry a small pocket flashlight in your purse or on a key ring, and try to park in well lighted areas and walk along lit walkways.
Carry your keys and access cards in your hand when you are approaching the appropriate doors, keeping them readily available. Make sure locked doors close and lock behind you.
Keep your workstation or office locked after hours.
When returning to your vehicle, watch for suspicious persons nearby and have your keys in your hand. Check the interior of your vehicle before getting in.
IF YOU WITNESS A CRIME
If you see or suspect a crime is being committed, pay particular attention to the features of the offender(s) and any vehicles involved. Try to be prepared to provide at least the following about the offenders:
When reporting a crime by telephone, remain on the phone until the police officer is fully briefed with all the information necessary to dispatch the appropriate response personnel to the scene.
- Age, race, height, and weight;
- Hair color and style, beard and mustache;
- Notable characteristics (acne, scars, glasses mental state, etc.)
- Clothing description;
- Location where last seen;
- Last known direction of travel;
- Vehicle description and distinctive markings.