There are many simple safety measures you can take to avoid becoming a crime or accident victim. Please take a minute to review some of the strategies listed below. For more information and additional resources visit the National Crime Prevention Council webpage.
Safety Tips for Kids
- Stay with a group. Always walk with at least one friend; two or three is even better.
- If a stranger offers you a ride, say "NO" and stay far away from their car.
- If a stranger follows you on foot, get away from him or her as quickly as you can. You can run and yell "HELP" loudly.
- If a stranger follows you in a car, turn around and go the other way.
- Never leave school with a stranger.
- Tell a trusted adult if a stronger is hanging around the school, playground or public bathroom.
- Leave items and clothing that display your name at home so a stranger cannot read it and use it to talk with you.
- If you are home alone, keep the door locked, don't open the door for strangers, and don't tell strangers you are home alone.
- Never accept things from a stranger.
Safety Tips for Child Pedestrians
- Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk and you have to walk in the road, face traffic so that you can see cars coming and keep as far from the traffic as possible.
- Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks. Put down your cell phone or other device before you prepare to cross. Stop at the curb or edge of the road, look left, then right, and left again before you step into the street. If a car is parked where you are crossing, make sure there is no driver in the car. Then go to the edge of the car and look left-right-left until no cars are coming. Keep looking for cars while you are crossing.
- Walk, don't run. This gives time for drivers to see you before you enter the roadway.
School Bus Safety for Kids
- When the bus arrives, stand at least 3 giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb.
If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road until you are five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus. Then you can cross the street.
Be sure the bus driver can see you and you can see the bus driver.
Never walk behind the bus.
If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up first because the driver may not be able to see you.
Bicycling Safety for Kids
- Always were a helmet that is properly fitted and complies with Consumer Product Safety Commission Standards.
- Ride on the right side of the road or trail in a single file (one bicycle behind another) in the same direction as other vehicles.
- Come to a complete stop at intersections.
- Always use proper hand signals when turning or stopping
- Use a bicycle bell to alert pedestrians that you are passing.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians
- Stay alert and tuned into your surroundings.
- Stand tall and walk confidently.
- Choose busy streets and avoid passing vacant lots, alleys, or deserted construction sites. At night, stick to well-lighted areas.
- Don't walk or jog alone. Take a friend or neighbor along if possible.
- Get to know the neighborhoods where you live and work. Find out what stores and restaurants are open late and where the police and fire stations are located.
- Carry your purse close to your body, and keep a firm grip on it. Carry a wallet in an inside coat pocket or front pants pocket.
- Don't overload yourself with packages, and avoid wearing shoes or clothing that restrict your movements.
Safety Tips for Drivers
- Always lock your car and take the keys, even if you'll only be gone a short time.
- When you drive, be on the lookout for any problems that affect the neighborhood's well-being-abandoned cars, missing signs, malfunctioning traffic lights, reckless drivers, or poor street lighting. Follow up and report any problems to the appropriate authorities.
- Keep your car in good running condition to avoid breakdowns.
- If your car does breakdown, raise the hood and stay in the locked car. If someone stops to help, ask him or her to phone for assistance.
- Park in a well-lighted area that will still be well-lighted when you return.
- Be alert when using enclosed parking garages. Leave only your ignition key with a lot attendant if you must leave a key.
- Always carry an emergency kit in your car. It should contain a flashlight, flares, first aid products, and a 72-hour supply of food and water.
- NEVER pick up hitchhikers.
- Consider purchasing a cellular phone to use in an emergency.
- Before getting into your car, look underneath and inside the vehicle.
Safety Tips for Homeowners
- Make sure all your exterior doors have good locks-at least deadbolt locks with a minimum 1" throw.
- Use the locks you have. Always lock up when you go out, even if only for a few minutes.
- Make sure outside doors and door frames are solid, 1 3/4" metal or hardwood.
- Secure sliding glass doors with commercially available bars or locks, or put a wooden dowel or broom handle in the door track.
- Make sure your windows have good locks, particularly those at ground level. Lock double-hung windows by sliding a small-headed bolt or nail through a hole drilled at a slight downward angle in a top corner of the inside sash.
- Make sure all porches, entrances, and outside areas are well lighted.
- Trim any bushes or trees that hide doors or windows. Keep ladders and tools inside when you're not using them.
- Don't hide your keys under the doormat or flowerpot.
- Record serial numbers on valuable property like televisions and DVD players and store the numbers in a safe place.
- Consider installing an alarm system.
- If you park your car outside of your garage, never leave the garage door opener in the car.
Safety Tips for Renters
- Make sure that entrances, parking areas, hallways, stairways, laundry rooms, and other common areas are well-lighted. Mailboxes should be in a publicly traveled, well-lighted area.
- Make sure fire stairs are locked from the stairwell side with an appropriate emergency release mechanism. Laundry rooms and storage areas should be kept locked.
- Use common area locks and encourage your neighbors to do the same.