How to Protect Yourself when Traveling
Safety on Public Transportation
- While waiting for a bus or streetcar, stand near others who are also waiting.
- If the immediate area is deserted or in darkness, stand near an occupied building on in a lighted area until transportation arrives.
- Once on a bus or streetcar, be aware of those around you. If someone looks or acts suspicious, notify the driver.
- If the coach is empty or nearly empty, sit as far up front and as close to the driver as possible.
- If someone begins to bother you, get up and notify the driver immediately.
- 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.
- After dark, attempt to get off the bus in well-lighted areas. Use only well-lighted streets to reach your final destination.
- Make certain your car is always in good working order, with safe tires and an adequate amount of gasoline for your planned trip.
- Always check your car before getting in - to make sure that no one is hiding inside.
- If you have a garage, be sure you lock the door as you leave.
- 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.
- Do not leave packages or personal items in open view in the car. Place them in the trunk.
- At night, park only in lighted areas.
- If you are in danger of being harmed or robbed, while in your car, start sounding your horn until assistance arrives.
- Never pick up a hitchhiker.
- 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.
- If you feel you are being followed, drive to the nearest police or fire station, or open filling station.
- Observe elevator interior before entering. Wait until the next elevator if you are uncertain of any occupant.
- Females riding the elevator alone should always stand near the control panel. If accosted, press ALL buttons.
- If a suspicious person enters the elevator, exit before the door closes.
- Before exiting from the elevator, observe the corridor for suspicious activity.
While a purse snatching is one of today's most common crimes facing women, strong arm robbery (hold-ups, muggings) is the most prevalent act where men are generally the victims.
Many burglars enter homes by simply breaking glass windows. A good deterrent is to have better quality glass installed at vulnerable points around the perimeter of your residence.
The majority of devices mentioned in this report cost very little. All of them will help reduce burglary and make your house or apartment more secure.
If you are a female, chances are 1 in 10 that you will be a victim of sexual assault. The attacker makes no distinction between age, race, appearance or any other characteristics.
While we don't like to talk about it - or even think about it - crime is on the increase in America, and throughout the world. The number of burglars, muggers, auto thieves, robbers, purse snatchers, etc., is growing at an alarming rate.
The "art" of picking pockets is among one of the world's oldest professions. Author Charles Dickens' Artful Dodger is probably among the best known pickpockets. However, all are not juveniles--and all are not males!
Purse snatching is a crime of opportunity. You can eliminate that opportunity. Every female carrying a purse is a potential target.
How to Protect Your Home from Intruders
Street crime is on the increase in most large U.S. cities. It is also becoming more prevalent in small communities. The following list of "safeguards" will help protect you - and may even save your life!
One of the most common non-violent crimes facing America today--and most of the world--is shoplifting. So prevalent is this problem that most stores and shops automatically increase prices (as much as 10%) to cover these losses.