While Out and About
- Use the “buddy” system and shop with a friend. Criminals prefer victims who are alone. If you are shopping alone, check to see if the store can provide an escort to your car.
- Park near the store or mall entrance and in well traveled areas.
- Stay alert to your surroundings and people around you.
- Lock your car and close your windows even if you are only gone for a few minutes. Lock your packages in your trunk whenever possible.
- When waiting for public transportation or rides from friends, do so in busy, well-lit places.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Use checks or credit cards whenever possible to pay for purchases.
- If your credit cards are lost, stolen, or misused, notify the company immediately.
- Purses and wallets may become targets for crime in crowded shopping areas, bus stops, or on public transportation, so be extra cautious with your belongings in these areas.
- Use caution when approaching your vehicle. Stay alert and have your keys ready in your hand. Watch for anyone hiding in or loitering near your car.
- Drive extra careful. Keep safe distances from the car in front of you. Allow impatient drivers to pass before they become hostile.
In Your Home
Lock your doors and windows even if you will only be away for a few minutes. Give the impression that your house is occupied by leaving on lights and radio or television.
Check the security of your home. Burglars will avoid a well secured home with a lived-in appearance watched by neighbors.
Use an automatic timer for your lights if you are going away for vacation. Have a neighbor watch your house and collect your mail and newspapers.