March On Crime Week Two - Personal Safety
March 7, 2006 -- Week two of
March On Crime highlights Personal
Safety. Being aware of everything around you is the key to staying
and feeling safe. That means being aware of the people and taking
notice of any suspicious activity in your neighborhood or place
of business. The following are some basic tips that will help
reduce your chance of being a victim of crime.
Make sure that all doors and windows are locked when you are at
home. Use a peephole with a 190-degree viewing angle. Use your
caller ID to verify who a caller is. Never give out personal information
to anyone over the phone unless you know who he or she is. Use
exterior lighting and keep hedges around your home trimmed. Join
a neighborhood watch group.
Walk with an attitude and with confidence. Avoid walking alone
and try not to carry a purse, instead use a fanny pack. Avoid
displaying large amounts of cash. Avoid street solicitors and
never take shortcuts through parking lots, alleys or wooded areas.
Park in a well-lighted area. Check under vehicle as you approach
it. Have car keys ready. Look in front and back seats before entering.
Always lock doors. If your vehicle breaks down or runs out of
gas, do not accept a ride from anyone you don't know. If you think
someone is following you, don't go home. Give yourself at least
one to one and a half car lengths from the vehicle in front of
you when you come to a stop at an intersection.
Familiarize yourself with elevators and floors. Look inside before
entering. Do not enter an elevator if there is a person in it
that makes you feel uncomfortable. Stand near the controls. Get
off if someone suspicious enters. If you are attacked, push the
Do not leave personal property on or under your desk. Never give
telephone numbers or addresses of fellow employees to anyone without
permission. Use discretion in revealing personal plans. Remember
to be aware.
On Crime Week Two Schedule for Patrol Divisions
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For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.