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Personal Safety Tips

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Personal Safety Tips

From Community Service Officer Teresa Hayward of the Tucson Police Department

Hi Folks,
Someone asked that I post some safety tips. This is what I hand out at my apartment complex meetings. They are just a few of many, but I hope this helps:

Personal Safety Tips

Always walk with authority, displaying an air of confidence and purpose of destination. Always be alert to your surroundings.
What to Avoid While out Walking/Exercising
  • Walking alone, if possible.
  • Listening to loud music while wearing earphones.
  • Dangling your purse.
  • Displaying jewelry.
  • Heavily overgrown areas (trees, weeds, shrubbery, etc.).
  • Dark doorways, hallways, and parking lots.
  • Alleys and little traveled/under lit side streets.
  • Deserted parks and wooded areas, vacant lots and buildings.
  • Warehouse and industrial areas.
  • High crime rate areas.

Approaching Your Car

  • Have keys ready before approaching your car.
  • Look inside car before getting in; checking front and rear seat areas for intruder.
  • Lock doors immediately upon entering (even before placing key in ignition).

While Driving

  • Keep all doors locked.
  • Keep windows rolled up, if possible.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Be extremely cautious about stopping to render assistance in what appears to be emergency situations.
  • Be alert to being followed by another vehicle.
  • Relinquish only your car key to parking lot attendants, carwash attendants, etc. Always retain custody of house keys.

While Alone At Home

  • Be highly selective in whom you admit.
  • Require identification of repairmen, servicemen, etc.
  • Do not allow entry if claiming to be repairman, serviceman, etc. and are not expected.
  • Do not let phone caller know you are home alone.
  • Keep doors and windows locked.
  • Keep shades/drapes drawn after dark.

Please say safe!!

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