Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings, wherever you are.
Don’t be taken by surprise. Be aware and be prepared.
Stand tall and walk confidently. Don’t show fear. Don’t look like a victim.
Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave right away and get help if necessary.
SAFE AT HOME
Make sure that all doors to the outside are metal or solid, 1 ¾" hardwood.
Make sure all doors to the outside have good, sturdy locks. Use the locks you have. Always lock up your home when you go out, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
Secure sliding glass doors with commercially available bars or locks, or put a wooden dowel or broomstick in the door track. Make sure your windows, especially at ground level, have good locks and use them. Make sure all porches and other possible entrances are well-lit.
Trim any bushes or trees that hide doors or windows. Keep ladders, tools, toys, and recreational equipment inside when you’re not using them. Don’t hide your house keys under the doormat or in a flowerpot. It’s much wiser to give an extra key to a trusted neighbor.
Think carefully before buying a firearm for protection. Guns can be stolen and sold to anyone, or captured and used on you or the police. If you do own a gun, keep it locked up, with the ammunition secured separately, and learn how to use it safely.
IN YOUR CAR
Always lock your car and take the keys, even if you’ll be gone only a short time.
Lock doors while driving. If you’re coming or going after dark, park in a well-lit area that will still be well-lit when you return. Leave only your ignition key with a parking attendant. Don’t leave your house key, garage door opener, or other important items in your car.
Control your keys. Never leave an identification tag on your key ring. If your keys are lost or stolen, it could help a thief locate your car and burglarize your home. If carrying packages or valuable items, store them in your trunk. If you do leave packages, clothing or other articles in the car; make sure they are out of sight.