How to Protect Yourself when Traveling

9/22/2014

Safety on Public Transportation

  1. While waiting for a bus or streetcar, stand near others who are also waiting.
  2. If the immediate area is deserted or in darkness, stand near an occupied building on in a lighted area until transportation arrives.
  3. Once on a bus or streetcar, be aware of those around you. If someone looks or acts suspicious, notify the driver.
  4. If the coach is empty or nearly empty, sit as far up front and as close to the driver as possible.
  5. If someone begins to bother you, get up and notify the driver immediately.
  6. Upon arriving at your stop, be aware of those who alight with you. If you feel you are being followed, go to the nearest occupied building and ask for assistance.
  7. After dark, attempt to get off the bus in well-lighted areas. Use only well-lighted streets to reach your final destination.

Auto Safety

  1. Make certain your car is always in good working order, with safe tires and an adequate amount of gasoline for your planned trip.
  2. Always check your car before getting in - to make sure that no one is hiding inside.
  3. If you have a garage, be sure you lock the door as you leave.
  4. It is best to park in attended lots. if you must leave a key with the attendant, leave only the ignition key. In all other cases, lock your car.
  5. Do not leave packages or personal items in open view in the car. Place them in the trunk.
  6. At night, park only in lighted areas.
  7. If you are in danger of being harmed or robbed, while in your car, start sounding your horn until assistance arrives.
  8. Never pick up a hitchhiker.
  9. If you have a flat tire in an area you feel might not be safe, try to keep driving until you reach a safe location.
  10. If you feel you are being followed, drive to the nearest police or fire station, or open filling station.

Elevator Safety

  1. Observe elevator interior before entering. Wait until the next elevator if you are uncertain of any occupant.
  2. Females riding the elevator alone should always stand near the control panel. If accosted, press ALL buttons.
  3. If a suspicious person enters the elevator, exit before the door closes.
  4. Before exiting from the elevator, observe the corridor for suspicious activity.

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