Personal Safety

 

Personal Safety Tips

 

OFFICE SAFETY

  • Do not leave your purse on or in your desk unattended. Keep it with you or hide it in a locked desk drawer or cabinet.
  • Never give telephone numbers or addresses of fellow employees to any one without their permission and use discretion in revealing your own personal plans to people at work.
  • Be suspicious of unannounced or unexpected persons claiming to be repair or service people. Ask for their company ID and call the company for verification of repair/service.

PUBLIC ELEVATORS

  • Look inside the elevator before entering. If someone suspicious is already on the elevator, DO NOT get in. If someone who is waiting to enter the elevator with you makes you feel uncomfortable, DO NOT get on with that person. Pretend you have forgotten something, leave or wait for the next elevator.

Once on the elevator, try to stand next to the control panel. If someone on the elevator bothers you, press all the buttons on panel. This will sound the alarm and open the doors on all floors, allowing you a greater opportunity to escape the situation.

 

VEHICLE SAFETY

  • Park in well-lighted areas so you can see your car and it’s surroundings from as far away as possible. Have your car keys ready before you approach the car so you do not make yourself vulnerable while searching for the right key.
  • Glance into the back seat and floorboards of your car before you enter, checking for anyone who may be hiding inside.
  • Always lock all doors whether you are in or out of your car. Keep the windows rolled up enough so that an arm cannot be inserted through the window opening.
  • Keep your purse on the floor or under the seat so you do not draw attention to it when stopped in traffic.
  • If you are bumped from behind by another vehicle, do not immediately exit your vehicle. ASSESS THE SITUATION. If you feel uneasy, remain in your vehicle until the police arrive. If the other party leaves the scene, try to note the vehicle description and tag number, but do not follow the vehicle.
  • When stopped in traffic leave some distance between your car and the car in front of you. If someone approaches you, honk your horn and step on the gas, leaving the situation, if possible.
  • If someone threatens you with a weapon, give up your vehicle immediately. DO NOT FIGHT OR ARGUE. Your life is more important than your car.
  • If your car breaks down, raise the hood to signal for help. If possible, remain inside your vehicle. If someone stops to assist you, have him or her call for help. DO NOT allow them inside your vehicle, and do not accept a ride from them.

 

STREET SENSE

  • Walk purposefully. Communicate the message that you are calm, confident, know where you are going, and know what is going on around you. Stand tall, and make quick, but deliberate eye contact with the people around you.
  • Avoid walking alone and stay away from dark streets. Avoid short cuts through deserted areas.
  • Try not to carry a purse, but if you must, carry it securely under your arm. NEVER wrap the purse strap around your arm or enter a tug-of-war if a thief grabs your purse. You cold be seriously injured!
  • Avoid displaying large amounts of cash or other tempting targets such as well-known or obviously expensive jewelry.
  • Avoid street solicitors trying to sell you something at a bargain price. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • BE AWARE! Stay alert and use good judgement, so you can avoid becoming an easy target. Trust your instincts, they are usually correct.

 

SAFETY AT HOME

  • Lock your doors and windows when you are home. Too often, criminals get into homes through unlocked doors and windows.
  • A peephole with a 180-degree viewing angle is best for you to use to verify who is on the other side of the door. NEVER open the door to someone you do not know.
  • Always acknowledge a caller at your door, but do not open it. Call to the person through the locked door to determine who they are and what they want. Some burglars ring the doorbell, and if there is no answer, they break in. You do not want that type of surprise company.
  • If an intruder confronts you inside your home attempt to remain calm. Only you will be able to determine your best course of action. Be aware that there is a potential for violence in this type of situation.

 

Women and Safety

You can help protect yourself from violent crime by taking self-protection measures that will reduce your risk.

 

Stay Out of Isolated Areas

  • Avoid little-used stairwells and parking lots.
  • Don’t get on an empty elevator with strangers.

 

Trust Your Instincts

  • If you sense trouble, get away as soon as possible.

Show Confidence

  • Walk at a steady pace, keep your head up.
  • Avoid carrying lots of packages…It can make you look defenseless.

Use Caution on Dates

  • Beware of alcohol and drugs, they affect judgement. Be aware of how much your date uses them, too.
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended.
  • Don’t drink anything you didn’t get, open or pour yourself.
  • Provide your own transportation.
  • Avoid secluded places.

 

When Driving

  • Park in a well-lit spot close to your destination.
  • When returning to your vehicle, have keys ready.
  • Check the backseat of your car before entering.
  • Keep doors locked and windows up.
  • Do not drive with your purse laying on the seat of the car.
  • Don’t pick up hitchhikers.
  • Keep your car in good repair.
  • Be sure you have enough fuel for your trip.
  • Carry a cell phone for emergencies

 

Be Safe at Home

  • Keep doors and windows locked.
  • Use deadbolt locks on outside entrances.
  • Never hide keys outside your home.
  • Keep at least one inside light on when you’re away.
  • Keep outside entrances well-lit.
  • Install a peephole in your front door and use it.
  • Ask for identification of any repair or delivery person before opening your door. If you are not expecting anyone, call the company to verify before opening the door.
  • Never let a stranger in your home, and never let him or her know if you are alone. If someone wants to use your phone, offer to make the call for them.
  • If you think someone is in your home, don’t go in! Go to a nearby phone and call the police.

 

When Walking/Exercising

  • Plan the safest rout before you leave.
  • Don’t wear headphones.
  • Vary your jogging or biking route.
  • Travel with a companion, if possible.
  • Stand back from car when giving a driver directions.
  • If someone follows you, change course and head toward other people.
  • Don’t carry a purse. This makes you a target for attack.
  • Always pay attention to your surroundings.

 

When Responding to an Attack

  • Size up the situation.
  • You may have several options. You may: scream for help, run away, use a whistle, as a last resort, offer resistance.
  • Remember your safety is what’s important. Do whatever you think is best.
  • Whatever you choose to do, do it quickly!

 

If You’ve Been Attacked or Raped

  • Go to a safe place.
  • Go to the hospital. Don’t shower, brush your teeth, douche or change your clothes, since any of these may destroy medical evidence.
  • Call the police. If you are 18 years or older, it is your choice whether or not to prosecute a rape. But remember prosecuting rape is an important part of ending violence against women.
  • Remember that an attack is never your fault. Never feel guilty about how you did or did not respond.

 

Robbery Prevention

In preparing for the holidays, or anytime, please ask family members to refer to this Robbery Prevention Tip List.

1. Know your destination and have a planned route of travel.

2. Always be alert and aware of what is around you.

3. If you see someone on the road who indicates they need help, it is best to call the police when you get to the nearest telephone.

4. If your vehicle is bumped from behind, do not stop on the roadway or shoulder. Drive to the nearest t public area and call for police assistance.

5. If someone suspicious approaches your vehicle at a red light or stop sign, blow the horn.

6. Do not pull over for flashing headlights. An emergency or police vehicle has red or red and blue flashing lights.

7. If you become lost, find a public place, like a service station, to read your map or ask for directions.

8. If you are told that something wrong with your vehicle, do not stop immediately. Drive to the nearest service station or another well-lighted public area.

9. Keep doors locked and windows up when driving, and when parked.

10. Valuables should be kept in the trunk, locked glove compartment, or out of sight whenever traveling or leaving a vehicle parked.

11. Always park in well-lighted areas.

12. Check the interior of your vehicle and surrounding areas before entering your vehicle.

13. Do not pick up hitchhikers.

14. If using an automatic teller machine, be sure the area is well lit. Count your money inside your locked vehicle with the windows up.

 

 

 

Gun Safety

Most Children regard firearms as toys and will play with them if given the opportunity.

Thousands of people (many of them children) are killed annually in the United States by firearms being used or stored in an unsafe manner.

Here are some gun safety rules worthy of consideration:

1. Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.

2. Always point the firearm in a safe direction. If it does accidentally discharge, it will not cause injury or damage.

3. Insure the firearm is safe to operate. Use only the correct ammunition. If you have any questions about either, consult with a gunsmith or other qualified person.

4. Always secure a firearm and store it and the ammunition separately.

5. Never, under any circumstances, handle or use a firearm while using alcohol.