Police Department

While You Are Out

  • Try NOT to go out alone at night. Avoid unfamiliar areas, if possible.
  • Don’t take shortcuts: don’t walk in or near alleys and don’t walk on deserted streets.
  • Use caution in parking lots and don’t walk in poorly lighted areas, dark doorways or near shrubbery.
  • Don’t accept rides from strangers and don’t respond to comments from strangers on the street.
  • Don’t get into an empty elevator with a stranger. If you do ride with another person, stand near the control panel and if attacked, press as many of the control buttons as possible.
  • Don’t hitchhike and if someone suspicious is following you, cross the street and walk into an open business.
  • Watch your surroundings and be alert for suspicious persons, especially around banks, stores, street, and your car or home.
  • If you are alone at work after business hours, keep the door locked. If you work late, ask the security guard or a co-worker to walk you to your car.
  • When meeting a new friend, exchange phone numbers only, not addresses.
  • On a first date, let family and friends know where you are going. Consider a daytime meeting rather than a night meeting for a first date and meet in a public place.
  • It is never a good idea to go to a nightclub alone and if you do, provide your own transportation.
  • Keep your space – Intimate space – 0 to 1.5 feet, Personal space – 1.5 to 4 feet, Social space – 4 to 12 feet and  Public space – 12 feet or more.
  • Don’t allow alcohol or drugs to impair your judgment. If you haven’t already set a few social standards, do so and stick to them.
  • Don’t allow an overly aggressive pursuer to change your mind.

 

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