Tip Of The Day..

STREET SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR SURVIVAL.

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  • Be aware of your sur­round­ings at all times and trust your instincts. If you think you are in an area you should not be, you prob­a­bly are.
  • Know where you’re going and the safest way to get there, par­tic­u­lar­ly when mov­ing about the city dur­ing hours of dark­ness. Walk/​run in well-trav­eled, well-lit areas avoid­ing short cuts through alleys and park­ing lots.
  • Have a plan of action in mind. Decide where you would go and what you would do should some dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion occur. Know where the near­est police/​fire sta­tion is locat­ed, how to con­tact the police in the event of an emer­gency, what estab­lish­ments are open late where you could seek refuge if need­ed, etc.
  • Walk with con­fi­dence on the street and at a good, steady pace. Keep your head up, observe your sur­round­ings, and don’t look down at the ground.
  • Carry a whis­tle or sim­i­lar type of noise­mak­er. In the event of an emer­gency, the sound may scare off a would-be attack­er.
  • Take spe­cial care when jog­ging or bik­ing. Vary your route, go with a friend, and avoid iso­lat­ed areas.
  • Do NOT wear head­phones or lis­ten to music. These can dis­tract you from being aware of your sur­round­ings and who may be approach­ing you.
  • Keep purs­es and pack­ages tucked secure­ly between your arms and body. Don’t over­load your­self with pack­ages and bags – it is dis­tract­ing and it can make you look defense­less.
  • Carry only what you need. Don’t car­ry a large amount of cash or numer­ous cred­it cards and avoid wear­ing flashy and exces­sive amounts of jew­el­ry.
  • Exercise cau­tion when using ATM machines. Only use ATMs locat­ed in well lit, well traf­ficked areas those phys­i­cal­ly locat­ed in stores are the safest.

If You are Being Followed:

  • Show you are sus­pi­cious and turn to look at the per­son. It sends a clear mes­sage that you will not be tak­en by sur­prise.
  • Change direc­tions. If some­one is fol­low­ing you on foot, cross the street and vary your pace. If the per­son fol­low­ing you is in a car, turn and walk in the oppo­site direc­tion.
  • Go into the near­est store or pub­lic place. If the per­son fol­lows you, ask to use (or find) a phone and call for help. If there isn’t a store or pub­lic area near­by, keep mov­ing. If you have to scream (or blow your whis­tle) to draw atten­tion to your sit­u­a­tion, do it.

If You are Robbed:

  • DO NOT RESIST, espe­cial­ly if you know or believe the rob­ber to be armed. The best course of action is to hand over mon­ey and what­ev­er oth­er belong­ings are demand­ed as quick­ly as pos­si­ble and try to dis­en­gage from this con­fronta­tion­al, and poten­tial­ly dan­ger­ous. Remember, belong­ings can always be replaced, but you can­not.
  • Try to remain calm. Note the rob­ber’s appear­ance and report the crime imme­di­ate­ly to the police.
  • Talk to you soon..