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How to Stay Safe
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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OUTSIDE YOUR HOME

• Be alert to your surroundings and people around you,
particularly if you are alone or it is after dark.
• Travel with a friend whenever possible.
• Stay in areas that have good lighting and ask for an escort
to walk you to your car.
• Make eye contact when someone approaches you. Rapists
often look for someone who appears weak or vulnerable.
If you are attacked, that eye contact may help you identify
your assailant later.
• Walk on the side of the street facing traffic so no one can
drive up behind you.
• Walk close to the curb. Avoid doorways, bushes and
hallways where rapists can hide.
• If you think you are being followed, walk quickly to a
well-lit area where there are people.
• If a car appears to be following you, turn and walk in the
opposite direction or on the other side of the street.
• If you think you are in danger, scream and run. Yell
“FIRE” or break a window to attract attention.
• Don’t carry a purse or backpack whenever possible.

 
 
INSIDE YOUR HOME

• Install good locks on all doors and windows and use them
at all times.
• Never open your door unless you know who is on the
other side. Install a peephole.
• If someone calls or knocks at your door, do not tell them
you are alone.
• If you come home and find a door or window open, or
find signs of forced entry, do not go inside. Go to the
nearest phone and call police.
• Install a motion-triggered light by your front door so you
don’t have to fumble for your keys in the dark as you try
to get into your house.

 
 
AUTOMOBILE SAFETY

• Don’t leave mail or magazines lying in your car so that your
address is visible.
• Lock your car doors as soon as you get inside.
• Always park in a well-lit place.
• Have your car key securely in your hand and ready to open
your door before you get to your vehicle.
• Make sure the interior dome light in your car is working
properly.
• Always check the back seat of your car, or any other
hidden areas, before you get into your vehicle.
• If you think you are being followed on the road, drive to a
public place, the nearest police station or, if you have a cell
phone, call 911.
• If your car breaks down, stay inside and keep the doors
locked (when it is safe to do so, depending on traffic
conditions). If someone stops to help, open your window
slightly and ask them to call the police or AAA.
• Don’t park next to a van with a sliding door if the sliding
door opens up next to your car.