“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