12 Personal Safety Tips (Part 1)

12 Personal Safety Tips (Part 1)

“Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.”

Crime usually happens to the ‘other guy’. However, if it does happen to you, will you be prepared? We thought we’d share a few tips on how to take precautionary measures against becoming a victim of crime.

When Going Out

  • Try NOT to go out alone at night. Avoid unfamiliar areas, if possible.
  • Don't take shortcuts: don't walk in or near alleys, and don't walk on deserted streets.
  • Use caution in parking lots, and don't walk in poorly lighted areas, or dark doorways, or near shrubbery.
  • Don't accept rides from strangers, and don't respond to comments from strangers on the street.
  • Don't get into an empty elevator with a stranger. If you do ride with another person, stand near the control panel and if attacked, press an many of the control buttons as possible.
  • Don't hitchhike, and if someone suspicious is following you, cross the street and walk into an open business.
  • Watch your surroundings and be alert for suspicious persons, especially around banks, stores, street, and your car or home.
  • If you are alone at work after business hours, keep the door locked.
  • If you work late, ask the security guard or a co-worker to walk you to your car.
  • When meeting a new friend, exchange phone numbers only, not addresses. On a first date, let family and friends know where you are going. Consider a daytime meeting rather than a night meeting, for a first date, and meet in a public place.
  • It is never a good idea to go to a nightclub alone, and if you do, provide your own transportation.
  • Don't allow alcohol or drugs to impair your judgment. If you haven't already set a few social standards, do so and stick to them. Don't allow an overly aggressive pursuer to change your mind.

These are a few simple and practical steps we can all apply. Part 2 will look at personal safety in the home. Take care and keep safe Neighbours!

- Team Neighbourly