Safety Tips

safety tips

When to call the police

Don’t hesitate to call 911 whenever you see or hear something suspicious. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may do so.

When calling the police, be prepared to help them help you. Be ready to identify the nature of the incident, the location, time, persons, or property involved, and anything unusual or distinctive about the incident or persons involved.

Suspicious activity

Call your local Police immediately about all suspicious activity. Some people fail to call the police simply because they are not aware of what seemingly innocent activities might be suspicious. Others may be hesitant to call for fear of seeming “over-reactive” or being embarrassed. Do not take it for granted that someone else has called. Do not worry about “bothering” the police because they are here to help.

Suspicious persons

Person(s) loitering about at unusual hours and locations.
Person(s) running-especially if something of value is being carried. The individual(s) could be fleeing the scene of a crime. Person(s) exhibiting unusual mental or physical symptoms. The individual(s) could be under the influence of drugs, or otherwise needing medical or psychiatric assistance. Person(s) going from room to room trying doorknobs. This is possible “casing” for a room to enter and steal property or commit some other crime such as sexual assault. Other unusual situations

Open or broken doors windows which could signify a possible burglary in progress or scene of a completed crime. Unusual noises, such as gunshots, screaming, and anything suggestive of foul play, danger or illegal activity. When encountering such situations call the police IMMEDIATELY. Person(s) sitting in parked vehicles for an extended period of time. A vehicle driving slowly in the parking lot at night with its lights out.

When driving

Have your key ready when you approach your vehicle and check to make sure no one is hiding inside. Drive on well-traveled streets and never pick up hitchhikers. Keep your car in gear while it is stopped. Keep all doors and windows locked. Park in well-lighted, designated parking areas. Keep all valuables out of sight in your trunk. Keep change in your car for emergency telephones calls. If you are deliberately forced to stop your vehicle, lock the doors, roll up the windows, and sound the horn for help. If you are followed or harassed by someone in another vehicle, drive to a police department, fire station, or open business and seek help. Do not drive into your driveway or park in a deserted area. If you are followed as you turn into your driveway at night, stay in your car with the doors locked until you identify the occupants of the other car. Sound your horn to get help. If your car breaks down, raise the hood; then stay inside with doors locked. If someone stops to help, do not open your window or door or accept a ride. Ask them to call for help. If you see a parked vehicle requiring assistance, do not stop. go to a telephone and call for aid for them. Keep an aerosol tire inflator in your car for emergencies.

Telephone safety

Think about the information you give out over the telephone and to people you do not know well. For example, if a caller gets a wrong number, do not offer information about yourself, your address, or your telephone number. Discuss with your roommates or family how to handle these situations.

It is a good practice to indicate that you are not alone when speaking to someone on the phone or in person. e.g. “we are busy now.”

Give thought as to how you are listed in the telephone directory and on your mailbox. Some women use two initials and the last name only.

The best response to an obscene phone call is to hang up as soon as you realize the nature of the call. Do not slam down the receiver and therefore admit that the call bothers you. Just hang up as you would normally.

Hang up if the caller does not say anything, or on the first obscene word, or if the caller does not provide identification to your satisfaction.

If calls continue, do not hesitate to call your local police. Keep a log of when the call(s) was received, exactly what was said by both parties, and a description of the voice (young, old, hoarse, accent, etc)

Wherever you live

Keep police and emergency numbers near your telephone.
Lock all doors and windows whenever you leave. Take your keys with you, even if you leave for Keep all doors and windows locked whenever possible. Keep house and car keys on separate key rings. When leaving your car for service or in a parking lot, leave only your ignition key. Do not lend your keys to service people or anyone you do not know well and trust. Do not attach your address or room number to your key chain. Always identify visitors by asking for identification before you let them in. If a stranger asks to use your telephone, do not open your door. Instead, offer to call for emergency assistance for him/her. Install an alarm system. Use an automatic timer and set your lights to come on. Use motion lights outside your home.

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