National Police Association

Crime rates are going up
Here’s what you can do to protect yourself

As a pedestrian:

  • Never pull out a wallet with credit cards or cash in front of someone you regard as suspicious.
  • Always carry a cell phone and know how to dial 911.
  • Don’t display an expensive cell phone on the street in a dangerous neighborhood or it could tempt someone to steal it from you. If you need to use your cell phone go into a store or other safe public space.
  • Act confidently like you know where you’re going and don’t talk on your phone or listen to music while walking.
  • Do not give money to anyone when asked. Say “NO” and continue walking
  • Turn stone rings toward palm side of your hand.
  • If you are robbed, do not resit give up your valuables as quickly as possible.
  • Sit near the front of the bus or subway.
  • Don’t walk or jog early in the morning or late in the evening.
  • Keep a whistle on your key chain.
  • Do not get into unmarked taxis.
  • In a restaurant keep your purse in your lap or at your feet with the handle under the leg of the chair.
  • At work put your purse or wallet in a drawer.

In your car:

  • Never leave your keys in the car ignition.
  • Leave at least a car length between you and the car in front so you can easily pull away in the event a car behind tries to trap you.
  • Keep doors and windows locked.
  • If someone wants to speak with you speak with the window down just an inch or so.
  • If you get a flat tire in a bad neighborhood drive slowly on the flat until you get somewhere you feel safe.
  • Do not keep valuables in your car.
  • Park in well lit places.

At home:

  • Over 65% of the time a burglar will get into your home through an unlocked door or window so keep all doors and windows locked.
  • Make sure you have a solid wood or metal door, high quality door frames, and deadbolt locks on your door.
  • Keep doors and windows locked.
  • Hitting the panic button on your car will set off an alarm that can scare away someone trying to break into your home.
  • When you are away from home make sure you give the impression that someone is there by putting lights on timers, having a neighbor pick up your newspapers and mail.
  • Secure window air conditioners to prevent them form being pulled out or pushed in.
  • If you live in an apartment only buzz people in if you are sure of their identity and don’t let strangers in behind you. If other apartment resident let people in behind them report them to the apartment manager.
  • Treat your garage door opener the same way you would treat the key to your home. Burglars can break into your car and use a garage door opener that is on the dash or on asset to gain entry to your garage and also into your home.
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