Safety in the Community

When Driving

  • Plan ahead. Know the route to your destination. Have alternate routes in mind.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings as you walk to your car.
  • Look inside your car before you get in.
  • Lock your car doors and keep your windows rolled up.
  • Get gas in advance to avoid having to get gas in unfamiliar areas.
  • When stopped in traffic, maintain distance from the car in front of you so you can easily pass if necessary.
  • Keep valuables out of sight. If possible, put valuables in the trunk before leaving your home or office.
  • Park so you can leave quickly if you have to.
  • Scan your surroundings brfore getting out of the car.

If Victimized

  • Remain calm.
  • The most valuable possession you own is your life.
  • Stay within yourself.
  • Don’t escalate the situation.
  • Do not try to follow the assailant.
  • Call 911.
  • Be ready to provide the following information:
    • The nature of the incident.
    • When and where the incident occurred.
    • Number of persons involved
    • Description, including:
      • Names if known
      • Sex   I   Race   I   Age
      • Approximate height (it helps to use your height as a comparison)
      • Hair color / style
      • Complexion
      • Distinctive characteristics (scars, tattoos, or physical defects)
      • Clothing (start with the head – hat, top, pants, shoes)
      • Direction and method of travel
      • Vehicles involved
      • Description of stolen property

You also can download the Safety in the Community Guidelines.

Safety Begins With You

  • You are responsible for your own safety.
  • General approach to safety.
    • Reduce opportunities that make you a target.
    • Increase overall awareness of surroundings.
    • Trust your instincts.
    • Prepare your outing with safety in mind.

Prepare Before you Depart

  • Dress comfortably but professionally.
  • Think conservative. Avoid wearing excessive jewelry.
    • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and accessories.
    • Avoid high heels and open-toed shoes.
    • Avoid carrying large handbags/purses.
    • Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to arrive at your destination.

Community Safety Tips

  • Carry your purse with the clasp-side inward toward your body.
  • Carry your wallet in a front or inside pocket, not in a back pocket.
  • Carry as little money or valuables as possible.
  • Be aware of people arguing or asking for directions as a means to distract you.

When Walking

  • Use well-lit areas and main streets.
  • Avoid alleys and shortcuts.
  • Plan your route in advance.
  • Travel in groups when possible.
  • Walk confidently. Avoid looking like a tourist.
  • If you are followed or feel you are being followed, head toward an open and/or populated area.
  • Avoid texting & talking on cell phone while walking.
  • Don’t carry your phone in plain sight and keep it set to silent or vibrate when you are in a public area.

When Driving

  • Plan ahead. Know the route to your destination. Have alternate routes in mind.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings as you walk to your car.
  • Look inside your car before you get in.
  • Lock your car doors and keep your windows rolled up.
  • Get gas in advance to avoid having to get gas in unfamiliar areas.
  • When stopped in traffic, maintain distance from the car in front of you so you can easily pass if necessary.
  • Keep valuables out of sight. If possible, put valuables in the trunk before leaving your home or office.
  • Park so you can leave quickly if you have to.
  • Scan your surroundings before getting out of the car.

If Victimized

  • Remain calm.
  • The most valuable possession you own is your life.
  • Stay within yourself.
  • Don’t escalate the situation.
  • Do not try to follow the assailant.
  • Call 911.
  • Be ready to provide the following information:
    • The nature of the incident.
    • When and where the incident occurred.
    • Number of persons involved
    • Description, including:
      • Names if known
      • Sex   I   Race   I   Age
      • Approximate height (it helps to use your height as a comparison)
      • Hair color / style
      • Complexion
      • Distinctive characteristics (scars, tattoos, or physical defects)
      • Clothing (start with the head — hat, top, pants, shoes)
      • Direction and method of travel
      • Vehicles involved
      • Description of stolen property