Personal Safety Tips

How can I stay safe?

Personal safety is not a police issue: it is everyone’s responsibility. Knowing how to keep yourself safe and to avoid becoming a victim of crime is critical, no matter where you work or live.

Personal Safety Tips everyone should know include:

  • Stay alert - Be aware of your surroundings
  • Be confident - Walk with confidence and purpose
  • Trust your instincts - Learn to trust intuition and react to unsettled feelings

What should I do when I am shopping or walking in public?

What should I do in parking lots?

When you’re shopping or walking in public?

  • Carry a cell phone
  • Alert family/friends to your travel plans and when you may be home
  • Have an escort, if possible
  • Avoid carrying large sums of money
  • Report suspicious people or activity to police
  • Walk in well-lit, populated areas; avoid cut-through paths
  • Avoid walking near hedges or bushes.
  • Before leaving a bus/rail station, observe others

When you are in a parking lot:

  • Lock car doors
  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Keep hands free, if possible
  • Stay alert
  • Have your keys in hand, ready to go
  • Get into vehicle and lock your door immediately

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