Take Responsibility for Your Personal Safety
• Stay in well-lit areas.
• Walk near the curb — away from shrubbery and places where someone could be hiding.
• Walk against traffic, so that cars cannot surprise you from behind.
• Keep an arm’s length away from strangers.
• If you think someone suspicious is approaching or following you, cross to the other side of the street and head for the nearest public place. Trust your Intuition!
• Avoid illegal behaviors, such as buying or using narcotics, which increase the likelihood of being targeted for robbery.
Don’t Make It Obvious That You’re in Unfamiliar Territory
• Giving the appearance of not paying attention and not being alert is what suspects look for in a victim. (Not surprisingly, many victims are robbed while talking on their cell phones).
• Stay sober enough to take care of yourself. Criminals view impaired persons as easy prey.
• Walk briskly and with confidence.
At Night, Avoid Public Parks, Vacant Lots, Alleys and Areas with Excessive Trees and Bushes
• Know which stores and other public places are open along your route.
• Don’t hesitate to run back to where you came from to get help.
• Look for anyone “hanging around” your car or your path to your car.
• Have your keys in your hand and be ready to open the car door.
• Keeping cash in a separate money clip or pouch will allow you to hand it over without sacrificing your credit cards, identification, and personal papers.
• RELEASE THE PURSE! Do not risk personal injury.
• Obey the robber’s instructions.
• Make a mental note of the robber’s appearance, i.e., height, weight, hair
color/style, clothing, etc.
• If possible, take down the vehicle license plate number, a description of the vehicle, and the direction the robber is fleeing.
• Call 9-1-1 immediately!