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Never think, “It can’t happen to me!”  Trust your instincts!

AT HOME

Lock your doors and windows with quality security hardware. If you lose your keys or move, have your locks changed. Lock the doors when you go out—even for just a minute.

List only your first initial and last name on mailbox or door if you wish to post it.

Get to know your neighbors you can trust in an emergency.

Use the peephole to identify callers.  If there is ever a doubt, don’t let them in until you check with proper authorities.

Vary your routine a little each day. Remember, many crimes are planned.

Leave a light on or tv or radio when you go out. Give a “lived-in” appearance to your home.

Never let a stranger in the house no matter how convincing he / she might be (stranger asking to use the phone).

Don't attach keys to key ring with your name, address and phone. If lost, they could end up with someone who will make you a victim of a crime.

Don't give information to strangers on the telephone. (credit card and telephone card numbers).

Don't hide keys outsideunder doormats, flowerpots, rocks, etc. If you can hide it, a burglar or rapist can find it. Leave keys with a trusted neighbor.

Always have your keys ready before you get home.

Hang curtains/blinds in every window—and make it a point to use them. When gone, keep them closed.

Keep car keys next to your bed while sleeping. Set off the car alarm if someone is trying to break into your house.

WHEN WALKING

Keep alert. An assailant looks for a person who appears vulnerable and inattentive to his / her surroundings.

Walk at a steady pace. Look like you know where you’re going.

Plan your route in advance. Keep away from doorways, alleys, and unlit areas (such as parking lots). Vary your route—many crimes are planned.

Don't walk alone. Take a friend, family, or dog.

If you're followed, get away as quickly as possible. Change direction of you need to. Head for a police station, fire station, or busy convenience store.

SCREAM if you think you’re in danger.

If you need help in a hurry, break a window in a lighted house rather than ring the bell.

Never carry large sums of cash. Budget for the crime.

Don't resist an armed robber. Hand over your wallet or purse quickly and quietly. Keep them at ease. It might be the last thing on your mind, but you don’t want to alarm the robber. 

Keep your arms free, or be prepared to drop bundles and run.

Carry a whistle, air horn, etc. to use if you are threatened.

Don't accept rides from strangers. If a driver asks for directions, don’t get too close to the car.

WHEN DRIVING OR RIDING

Park in well lit areas.

Always lock your car when you park it and when you drive. Keep windows rolled up high. When you leave your car, lock it—even if stopping only for a moment.

If you're being followed, don’t go home. Go to a police station, fire station, or convenience store.

Don't leave keys in the ignition or vehicle running unattended.