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Personal safety

001d26_9d4633841dc04616b3a6e293aaf0901dPersonal safety is taking steps to protect yourself from crimes. Personal safety involves avoiding Crime. Without a doubt, prevention is your best protection against crime. It is also knowing what to do if you are a victim.

By knowing how to react you can help avoid injury and cooperate in the prosecution of the criminal.


You can increase your personal safety. Many crimes can be prevented if you:

  • Trust your instincts. If you suspect something is wrong, or if a situation seems dangerous, you may be right! Don't dismiss suspicious people, cars or situations. Report them immediately.
  • Avoid dangerous situations. Don't invite trouble. Use your best judgment about where you go and what you do
  • Work with law enforcement officials. People working together can prevent and solve many crimes.

Learning to defend yourself is a good idea. But don't overestimate your abilities. It may take years before you can use some techniques effectively. Remember, your valuables are not as valuable as your safety!

  • 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 as 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
  • Keep your space - Intimate space - 0 to 1.5 feet Personal space - 1.5 to 4 feet Social space - 4 to 12 feet Public space - 12 feet or more
  • 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.

  • Never pickup hitchhikers.
  • Park in well lit area
  • Never allow another vehicle to follow you home
  • If you are being followed, go up to a public place that is safe and call 911. Don't bring the problem home with you
  • Have your keys in hand so you can open the car door without delay
  • Always keep your car in gear when stopped at a traffic signal or stop sign, so if threatened in any way, you can quickly drive away
  • Always check the back seat of your car before getting in
  • If you stop to aid others, do not get out of the car. Ask what the problem is, and go to the nearest phone and call the police
  • Always lock your doors while driving and keep your windows rolled up
  • Always prearrange meeting with anyone so you do not have to wait alone
  • Travel on well-lighted, busy streets. Avoid unsafe areas
  • Check your daily routes -- look for safe places to stop, such as police or fire stations, all-night convenience stores or gas stations.

  • Do not work out alone.
  • Advise someone of your workout times and route taken and check in with them when finished
  • Do not work out in deserted or dark areas
  • Have several different routes and rotate them
  • Check your workout route before you start
  • Get to know the neighborhood of your workout routes
  • Avoid bushes, doorways, and alleys during your workout
  • Plan safe locations on your route, well-populated areas where you can go to for help
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash or jewelry
  • Do carry personal identification, with an emergency contact phone number
  • Carry a whistle or some type of noise-making device
  • Stay alert and scan the area in front of you and avoid person(s) or situations that make you feel uneasy
  • Every now and then during your workout check the area behind you
  • Be careful when people stop you for directions, always reply from a distance, and never get too close to a vehicle
  • If you think someone is following, change directions or go to your safe location
  • Carry a cellular phone when possible
  • Report suspicious persons or incidents to the police as soon as possible
  • Know the phone numbers to police and have them available.


  • Avoid poorly lit areas. If you must walk through such areas, walk purposefully and with an air of confidence.
  • When walking to your vehicle, have your car keys in hand, before walking across the parking lot.
  • When you enter your vehicle, immediately lock your doors.
  • When driving, keep your doors locked at all times and your car windows rolled up to the point that an arm can't be stuck into your vehicle.
  • When possible, don't walk alone or on dark streets, or take short cuts through deserted area.
  • Avoid displaying large amounts of cash, and keep tempting targets, such as jewelry, as hidden as much as possible.
  • Before you use a bank's automated teller machine, be observant. Look around the area for people loitering. If you see a suspicious person or persons, do not use that machine at that time.
  • Whenever possible, park your car in a well-lit area and as close to an open business as possible.