Personal Safety Tips

Babysitting Safety

  • Always post emergency numbers and your address by the telephone for your babysitter.
  • Leave a number where you can be reached and other information the sitter might need.

Sexual Assault

  • About one-third of sexual assaults occur in the victim's home.
  • About 40 percent of sexual assaults are committed by persons known to the victims such as dates, acquaintances, neighbors, co-workers, or even spouses.
  • rapes also occur in the street, in school yards, and in parking lots. Be alert to your surroundings and to the people around you.
  • Call the local rape crisis center to sign up for prevention and self-defense classes.
  • Many strategies are involved with rape avoidance. Studies show that a combination of screaming, physical resistance, and fleeing is most effective.

Car Safety

  • Always lock your car doors even when you will be gone only a few minutes.
  • Lock your doors when driving.
  • Park in well-lighted areas, and observe your surroundings when you leave your car at night.
  • Always have your car and house keys in hand so you will not have to fumble for them.
  • always check the back seat before entering your car.
  • keep your car in good working condition.
  • If your car breaks down, use distress signals such as putting the hood up, putting a white flag on the aerial, or setting your emergency flashers. Remain in the car with the doors locked. Wait for the police or ask anyone who does stop to send a tow truck or the police. Be wary of accepting help from strangers.
  • If you are followed by another car, honk your horn all the way to the nearest gas station, police station, fire station, or lighted home.
  • If someone threatens you while you are in your car, lock all doors and blow the horn in short bursts to attract attention.
  • Do not pick up hitchhikers.

On the Street

  • Walk confidently. Be alert. Notice who passes you and who is behind you.
  • Walk in well-lighted areas. Do not walk near bushes, alleys, etc.
  • Wear clothes and shoes that give you freedom of movement.
  • Do not overburden yourself with bags or packages that might make running difficult.
  • Carry as little cash as possible. Carry a whistle or freon? horn.
  • Hold your purse tightly, close to your body. Keep your wallet in a front pocket, buttoned hip pocket or inside coat pocket.
  • Do not hitchhike.
  • If someone in a car stops you for directions or information, always reply from a safe distance. Never get too close to the car.
  • If an auto driver persists in bothering you, cross the street and walk or run in the opposite direction.
  • If you feel someone is following you, turn around and check. Proceed to the nearest lighted house or place of business.
  • If you feel you are in danger, do not be afraid to scream and run.