SAFETY WHILE AT HOME:
A) Have outside lights on all entrances
B) Have a window or a wide angle door viewer on all exterior doors
1) For an unexpected repairman. Have him slip his Identification through the door and call his office for verification
2) If someone comes to your door for help. Keep the door locked and tell them you will call the police for them.
C) Know who is at the door before opening it
D) Have and USE good locks on all your doors and windows
E) Do not use your full name on your answering machine
1) Use a computer or a males voice if possible
2) Do not say, I am not home. Say, We cannot get to the phone right now.
F) Know which neighbors you can trust to go to in an emergency
G) Never give personal information to phone solicitors
H) Consider having a safe room with a sturdy door and lock with a telephone inside it in case of a burglary while your home
SAFETY ON THE STREET OR WHILE SHOPPING:
A) Do not pick up hitchhikers, do not hitchhike
B) When walking especially in Hopatcong, face the traffic
C) Do not read while walking or waiting for a train, bus or traffic. It shows a criminal you are not paying attention. Be Aware Out There.
D) Carry your purse in front of you. Do not wrap it around your neck and head. It is better to lose the purse than be dragged by your head.
E) While shopping do not leave your purse in your cart while you go to pick up items.
F) Do not flash cash and only carry the credit card you will need.
G) Look around and pay attention to your gut feelings or instincts. If you feel bad about a situation, you feel right
H) Make eye contact. Do not appear to be a helpless victim. Carry yourself with confidence not humble and weak.
ATM SAFETY AND SECURITY:
A) When driving to an Atm keep all car windows and doors locked
B) If you get out to use an Atm lock your car
C) Be alert to other people. Especially when there is a team of two or more
D) If there is a sign on the Atm saying anything about its order, leave immediately
E) If someone offers assistance with an Atm cancel your transaction and leave.
F) Never use an Atm where there is not adequate lighting, or high bushes, or you get a bad feeling like you are being watched. Go to another one.
G) If you are using an Atm and someone is too close for comfort, kindly ask them to step back. If they don't, cancel the transaction and leave
H) Memorize your pin number and NEVER give it out. (a sons friend found out the pin number and took out $350.00 for one unlucky Hopatcong parent.)
I) Have the card ready when you get near the Atm
J) Select a pin other than your phone number, address, or social security number
K) Stand close to the board and block the numbers while you type. People use binoculars and shoulder surf while you type in your pin
L) Dont count the money openly. Take it home and count it. You cannot argue with the machine anyway. If it is short call the bank.
M) If you lose your card notify the bank IMMEDIATELY!
PERSONAL SAFETY IN A VEHICLE:
A) Keep your vehicle in good working order. The "E" on the gas gauge doesn't stand for enough. Keep the gas tank at least ½ full
B) Try not to go alone into an underground parking garage. Such as Hoboken or N.Y.C.
C) When stopped in traffic leave enough room in front of you so you can drive away if necessary.
D) If someone approaches your vehicle and attempts to gain entry blow your horn and drive away
E) Have a cell phone
F) Do not open your window if someone approaches your car asking for the time or directions
G) Never leave your house keys attached to your car keys when you are getting work done on your vehicle or you leave your car at a parking facility. Remember your registration has your address on it. Now they have your house key and address.
H) Do not stop for a stranded motorist. Go to a public phone, or
use a cell phone and call the police. Dont know the towns
number? Call 911
i) If you become disabled. Raise the hood if safely possible. Put
on your hazard lights. Keep your doors locked, windows up.
Call the police. If someone suspicious approaches your car to ask if you need help, do not open the window. Ask them to call the police through the closed window.
J) During an accident, stay in your vehicle until the police arrive.
Record the license plate number and state of the other vehicle.
K) If you are being followed. Pull into a police station or any very
public area. Get the plate number and state of the other
vehicle and record it
L) Do not make faces or gestures to other drivers no matter how
bad they drive. You have no idea what type of person he/she
may be. Think of them as an escaped convict. Would you
really want to make him mad?
APPROACHING YOUR VEHICLE:
A) Look around for suspicious people. If you feel uncomfortable go to a public place and call for someone to walk you out
B) Look inside of your car. There may be someone already in the back seat
C) Always park in a well lit area
D) Do not park next to a large truck or van.
E) Have your keys ready on approaching your car
F) Do not leave valuables in plain view. (That stack of oldies but goodies CDs are worth stealing to someone)
G) When leaving need I remind you that everyone in the car should be wearing his or her seatbelt?
CARRY IN YOUR VEHICLE:
B) Fix a flat
D) Fire extinguisher
E) White cloth to tie to your door if you break down
F) Cell phone
G) Consider getting AAA
A) Beware or your overheard conversations people can learn a lot about you
B) Have exact change ready do not flash cash
C) Sit as close to the driver as possible
D) If you sense you are being followed, walk to a public area where there are people. Ask for assistance.
A) Pepper spray- you are allowed no more than ¾ of an ounce can of pepper spray.
B) Other weapons or means of alarm- keys, karate, a whistle, running, and prevention by being alert.
C) If you possess a weapon it must be legal. Such as less than ¾ of an ounce of pepper spray. It must be proven in a court that it was for self-defense. You must remember that you could be overpowered and now that weapon will be used against you.
D) The best defense against crime is prevention. That is why you are reading this