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.