Download Safety Tips
WHEN YOU GO ON VACATION
- One of the times your home is most vulnerable
is when it is left empty for an extended period
of time. Darkened windows, mail or newspapers
collecting and closed windows in hotter weather
all advertise your absence to a potential
- The best protection for your apartment during
your absence is to have a house sitter. A friend
you trust staying at your house can take care
of your pets and/or plants in addition to making
sure the house is inhabited.
- Have a neighbor check on your apartment while
you're away -- turning on lights, radios or TVs
and opening and closing curtains will give your
apartment the appearance of someone home.
- If you don't have a friend or neighbor to housesit
or check your apartment while you're away --
perhaps even if you do -- you should keep not
only lights but also a TV or radio on a TIMER.
If you're like me and have your TV on almost
all the time you're home [NOTE: I don't watch
it, it's just background noise.], the absence
of the sound and that glowing light in the windows
announces that you're not there.
- Make sure whoever is checking your apartment
while you're away knows how to work your alarm
system and who to call in case of a problem.
- Unless you have a house sitter, stop your mail
and any newspaper or other delivery. Nothing
announces an empty apartment better than a stack
of newspapers or an overflowing mailbox. Ask
a nearby neighbor to pick up any packages delivered
while you're gone.
- If you have a garden or plants on your balcony,
make sure someone is watering the plants regularly
or put the plants where they can't be seen. Plants
slowly dying due to lack of water may announce
- Check your lease. Many landlords require that
you notify them if your apartment is going to
be left empty for any period of time (this is
so they can enter in case of emergency even if
they can't reach you). If you've got a house
sitter this isn't necessary.
ATM cash machines have been incorporated
in our way of life. They offer a real convenience
to those on the run but at the same time offer
an element of risk. Using an ATM machine
safely requires awareness and a little planning.
Just because an ATM machine is open and available
24-hours a day doesn't mean it is safe to use it.
Most ATM robberies occur at night between 8:00 PM and
midnight. ATM robbers are usually males under
25 years of age and most work alone. ATM
robbers usually position themselves nearby waiting
for a victim to approach and withdraw cash. Most
ATM robbery victims are women and were alone when
robbed. Most claim that they never saw the
robber coming. Most ATM robbers used a gun
or claimed to have a concealed weapon when confronting
the victim and demanding their cash.
If you or your family members use ATM cash
machines on a regular basis, here are some tips that can
make the process a little safer:
- Use only ATM machines in well-lighted,
high-traffic areas. Don't use ATM machines
that are remote or hidden such as being located
behind buildings, behind pillars, walls, or away
from public view. Beware of obvious
hiding places like shrubbery or overgrown
trees. ATM robbers like to have the element of
surprise and no witnesses. Robbers like
good escape routes like nearby freeway on-ramps
or high-speed thoroughfares.
- Choose an ATM that looks and 'feels' safer,
even if it is a couple of miles out of the
and limit your use to daylight hours. Take
someone with you after hours, if you can. When
you drive up to an ATM location, scan the area
for any suspicious persons. If you see
anyone suspicious standing nearby or sitting
in a car, drive away. When you approach
an ATM on foot be prepared and have your access
card ready. Memorize your personal PIN
number to prevent loss and speed the
transaction. After inserting your card and
your PIN number keep an eye out behind you.
Never accept an offer to help or request for help
from a suspicious male ahead of you at the
machine. If anyone suspicious or
seemingly dangerous approaches terminate your
transaction and leave immediately, even if it means
running away and leaving your ATM card in the
machine. First, tell the suspicious male in a
loud, firm voice to "back-off" and
leave you alone. This is designed to
startle the person and give you time to flee,
if appropriate. When you receive cash from
the machine put it away immediately, extract your
card, and walk away.
- If you use your car at a drive-thru ATM machine
the same rules apply. Keep the car in
gear, with your foot firmly on the brake, while
using the ATM machine. Keep a close eye
on your rear and side view mirrors during the
transaction. Robbers almost always approach
from the rear on the driver’s side. If
you see anyone approaching, drive off even if
it means leaving your ATM card behind. If
an armed robber confronts you, just give up your
money without argument. The cash is not
worth serious injury or death. Get to
a safe place and call the police immediately.
- If lights around the ATM are not working, don't
use that machine
- Avoid ATM machines adjacent to obvious hiding
- Have your card ready and leave quickly, not
counting your cash in public
- Beware of offers for help from strangers
during an ATM transaction
- Don't fight with or attempt to follow the robber
- Drive or walk to a safe place and immediately
call the police
- When approaching an ATM machine always take
some sort of personal defense such as Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or TASER.
Theft and Vandalism
- Wherever possible, provide each dwelling with
its own locked garage within the property
boundaries. Locked garages outside the boundaries or
well-lit and visible common car parks are the next
- Where private garages are not feasible, a carport
or driveway parking is preferable to grouped
parking away from dwellings.
- As a general rule, underground or multi-story
car parks should be avoided, as they are breeding
grounds for vandalism and crime. If they already
exist, limiting entry points and providing them
with sturdy locked gates could minimize danger.
Alternatively, each resident could be provided
with a lockable garage in their own space, with
robust, vandal proof metal doors - garages within
garages, so to speak. Or users can be provided
with a secure lock or a plastic keycard, which
operates electronic doors.
- Grouped car parks should be avoided in high-crime
areas. If they cannot be avoided, they should
be within view of some dwellings; they should
be equipped with sturdy gates or tilt doors,
and should never be sited near alleyways.
- Open car parks should be small and within view
of dwellings and visitors' car parks should be
clearly identifiable, well lit, and visible from
- Always have a self defense weapon in hand and ready, such as Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or TASER.
Rape, Assault, Robbery
- To make car parks safer, planners should provide
direct access from parking areas to the entrance
- Car parks should be no further than 60 meters
from dwellings, and the path should be well lit
and free from shrubbery.
- Visitors' car parks should be well lit, clearly
identifiable, and visible from dwellings.
- Access to enclosed car parks should be limited
to residents by some form of electronic entry
control device if possible.
- If it is desirable to limit access to dwellings,
make sure access via car parks is monitored as
- In high-crime areas, advanced technological
surveillance methods may be needed in car parks.
For example, an infrared unit is available which
detects the presence of intruders - but not cats
and dogs - by body heat, and automatically switches
on all lights in the car park and turns them
off after 15 to 20 minutes.
- Whenever you are in a parking garage, it is
very important to be safe. Always take out your
self defense product. For example, have readily
available a pepper spray, mace, stun gun, TASER or
- Be prepared for the unexpected and carry Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or a TASER.
- Use initials instead of first names on mailboxes
and phone listings.
- Avoid remaining alone in an apartment laundry
room or parking garage where stalkers can hide.
- Never admit on the telephone or at the door
that you are alone. This is an invitation to get
- It is risky to accept a ride home from someone you
have just met. They could be a sexual offender.
- If you decide to physically resist assault,
remember that your goal is to incapacitate the
attacker long enough to run to safety and get
- If you have been a victim of sexual assault,
call police immediately. Do not bathe or change
clothes or you may destroy evidence.
- Always carry a self defense product such as Mace,
pepper spray, personal alarms, stun gun or a
- Avoid carrying valuable items or large amounts
- Always think ahead. For example,
when traveling at night, have your keys ready
to enter the house or to start the car.
you are confronted by a robber, the best advice
is to cooperate.
- If you resist, there is a
greater chance that you may be hurt.
- 1. When using an automatic bank teller, always
be watchful of any suspicious people around
- The chances of being robbed at night are much
greater, especially if you are alone.
- If you
find someone waiting and watching outside in
the area of an ATM machine, do not use it. Leave
the area and report the incident to the police
immediately. You could save someone else from
being a victim of crime.
- Always carry a self defense product such as Mace,
pepper spray, personal alarms, stun gun or a
Street Safety - Use Common Sense
- 1. Stay in well-lighted, busy areas. Avoid
walking alone and avoid known trouble spots.
- When you carry a purse, hold it close to your
body rather than by the handles. Do not wrap
purse straps around your wrist, because you can
get hurt in a struggle.
- Carry only what you
need in a purse or wallet, not everything you
- Avoid using shortcuts through dark alleys,
fields, or vacant lots.
- If you think you're
being followed, cross the street and change
directions a few times. Go quickly to a well-lighted
place with lots of people. Do not go home. You don't
want an attacker to know where you live.
- Avoid violent crime by using self defense
products. Mace, pepper spray, stun guns, TASERS and
personal alarms are an excellent choice for
- Keep your eyes peeled and be prepared with Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or a TASER.
BOAT SAFETY &
Thieves are always on the lookout for easy
Don't make yourself an
easy target. Always follow these simple steps.
- Never leave anything valuable on display, however
small and insignificant it may seem. Thieves
steal first and think about value later.
- Don't leave anything loose in the cockpit or
- Don't leave your engine key in the ignition
- always take it with you.
- Keep your boat keys separate from your engine
- Always keep your boat locked when no one is
on board, even for a short time.
- Use strong padlocks or rimlocks on all your
hatches, entry points and cockpit lockers.
- Constantly check and improve the security on
your boat. It's a good idea to fit an alarm and
use a visible sticker to say that one is fitted.
- Make sure your cockpit lockers can be properly
locked, and check that your main hatch and
fore-hatch are strong.
- Also think about having a strongbox down below.
If you don't think something is secure, get it
IMPROVE YOUR SECURITY
Once you've tied up alongside, always do a quick
security check before going ashore.
- Lock anything valuable out of sight in a strong
locker secured by a strong padlock;
- Lock up emergency money away from other
- Keep your curtains closed so that no one
can look in;
- Keep unused ropes, fenders and other items
out of sight in your cockpit, lockers and cupboards
- and always lock them;
- Make sure that your life raft and outboard
motor are secure, as these are valuable and
attractive to boat thieves.
- When you go ashore from a dinghy, always remove
your oars or paddles, rowlocks or pump, and secure
the dinghy with a strong chain and padlock.
- If you are the victim of boat theft, call the
police immediately and tell the harbormaster
or boatyard manager. Check to make sure that
your boat is still seaworthy and hasn't been
- And, if you can, check that neighboring boats
haven't been broken into as well.
- Get to know other boat owners in your marina
and work together to keep the marina secure.
You can do the following.
- Keep an eye on other boats, as well as your
- Report any strangers at the marina to the
harbormaster or yardmaster.
- Don't give your marina access card or key to
- Never tell anyone else the access code to the
- Don't let strangers into the marina, however
genuine they may seem.
- Keep the marina gate closed at all times.
- You can never be too safe while on a boat.
Self defense products such as a stun gun, mace,
pepper spray, personal alarms or a TASER is always
convenient to have on board.
HANDLING BOGUS PHONE CALLS
They may say that their car has broken
down and they need to phone someone for help. They may
pretend to be a workman, saying that they need to check
your electricity or water. They might even claim
to be from the council and that they are carrying
out a local survey. Whatever reason a caller gives,
you need to be sure that they aren't just trying
to get into your home to steal something.
There are around 12,000 incidents of
"distraction burglary" each year, where
callers get into homes and then steal cash or valuables
while the occupier is distracted in some way. Sometimes
they work in pairs, with one doing the talking while
the other is stealing and they often target the
Be on your guard every time the doorbell
rings, or there's a knock at your door. Look out of your
window to see who's there first and if you don't
know who the person is, open the window slightly
and talk to them that way, rather than opening
your door. Alternatively, have a viewer fitted
in your front door so that you can take a good
look at who's there first. If your eyesight isn't
so good, don't worry as you can now get wide-angle
viewers to help you see better.
Put the door chain or door bar on before
opening the door and talk through the gap. You could
even fit a small mirror to the wall next to the door
so that you can easily see the person you are talking
to. When the caller has left and you've closed
the door, don't forget to unhook the chain so that
any friend or relative you have given a key to
can still get in.
Make sure your back door is locked if
someone knocks at your front door. Sometimes thieves
work together with one coming in the back way, while
the other keeps you talking at the front.
Keeping the chain on the door, ask callers
from the council or any other organization to pass
through some identification. If you need your glasses to
check this don't think it's rude to close the door
and go and get them. A genuine caller won't mind.
If you're still not sure, ask the caller to leave
and tell them to write and make an appointment
so that someone else can be with you the next time
they call. The basic rule is if you don't know
the person at your door don't let them in.
As part of the Government's "Stop,
Chain, Check" campaign, local councils, social
services and Age Concern centers have further
information they can provide to older people. They can
also help with door viewers, chains and mirrors, and
in certain circumstances, may be able to supply
a personal attack alarm that connects through to
a control center.
What does a BURGLAR like?
Experience has shown us that burglars like
many things (mostly other people's things), but most
thieves prefer two conditions:
- An invitation, and
- A fast, easy, undetected
entry and exit
Burglary invitations aren't stuffed into
envelopes as are birthday party invites; nor do we hang
signs on our doors - "BURGLARS WELCOME" - the
way we attach balloons to the mailbox. However,
invitations are sent and signs are posted which
are equally effective. Have you observed the pile
of newspapers or how the mail overflows from your
mailbox? Other invites you might recognize include:
- Non-maintained yard.
- Keys left in your vehicle while you run into
- Dark or concealed hiding areas.
- Windows left open when you are away.
- Notes left on exterior doors explaining where
you have gone.
- The spare house key on top of the door jam.
(Did you think no one knew that key was there?)
- Messages on answering machines stating you
- An open garage door.
- Sliding glass door, without auxiliary locks.
- A house unlit night after night.
- Privacy fence.
- Flimsy door latches and locks.
- Basement windows.
After receiving his invitation the burglar
also looks for a quick, undetected entry and exit. He
will choose the path of least resistance, which
affords him the best chance of getting away without
being caught. For this reason, most burglars work
the night shift hiding under the cover of darkness.
This is an opportunity afforded by nature; other
access and escape opportunities, which we provide
- A large shrub in front of a window
- A dark alley behind the residence
- A privacy fence around the yard
- An unlocked door or window
- A sliding glass door
- An exterior door without a deadbolt lock
It is very important to keep in your
home a self defense product; just in case an intruder
shows up. Choose from pepper sprays, stun guns,
personal alarms or TASERS to defend yourself.
Home security products will help deter unwanted visitors. Check out
our home security products..
Ninety per cent of burglary prevention is
physical security. If your complex is locked up and
unauthorized entry is made difficult, time consuming,
noisy and visible, chances of a successful burglary are
kept to a minimum. The burglar will pass up your
business and look for an easier target.
LOCKS on all outside entrances and inside
security doors should be double cylinder deadbolts with
moveable collars. The deadbolt should have at least
one inch throw containing a hardened steel insert
and protected by a latch guard.
PADLOCKS should be of hardened steel, mounted on
bolted hasps and always locked to prevent exchange.
Serial numbers should be filed off to prevent new
keys from being made.
DOORS (all outside or security doors) should be
of solid construction, metal lined and secured
with heavy metal crossbars. Jams around doors must
be solid. All exposed hinges should be pinned to
WINDOWS should have secure locks. Burglar-resistant
glass treatments are also recommended. An example
would be the installation of polyester security
film. However, this must be used in conjunction
with the alarm's glass break sensor. Heavy metal
grates may be used on windows of high vulnerability
(such as rear windows). Check with the Fire Marshall
for safety requirements.
LIGHTS must provide optimum visibility, both inside
and out, with those outside having vandal-proof
covers over the lights and power source. Entire
perimeter must be well lit, especially the area
around doors and other possible entry points.
ALARM SYSTEM should be supplied by a licensed alarm
company with a central monitoring station. Check
the alarm system on a daily basis, and advertise
its presence to deter break-ins.
CASH REGISTER should be kept in plain view from
outside the building so it can be easily monitored
and should be left open when empty and not in use.
SAFE should be fire proof, burglar resistant, anchored
securely and in plain view. Leave it open when
it is empty, and use it to lock up valuables when
business is closed. Change the combination whenever
someone with access to it leaves your employment.
BUILDING EXTERIOR should be checked including the
roof, cellar and walls. Secure all openings.
MAINTAIN GOOD VISIBILITY by not allowing landscaping,
boxes, trash bins, vehicles or equipment near building
where they might provide concealment or access
to the roof.
PERIMETER FENCES need to be adequate enough to
keep intruders out, and at the same time allow
good visibility of your business by neighbors and
police (i.e. vertical iron bar fence or 1/8 inch
mesh vinyl coated chain link).
KEY CONTROL should be done in a responsible manner.
A master key system where one key opens all locks
may be convenient, but it may not be the best for
security. Code all keys, keep them locked up when
not in use, and do not allow employees to leave
them lying around or make duplicates. Change locks
whenever you suspect key security has been jeopardized.
ID NUMBERS should be marked on all equipment and
stickers (such as Operation ID) should be displayed
to make this plainly evident to would-be thieves.
The best number to use is your personal Florida
driver's license number. Also keeping a record
of serial numbers on all equipment may help in
Self Defense Weapons should always be available in a
busines environment. This is especially true if the
business keeps cash or merchandice on location. Keep
Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or TASER
in a hidden, convenient place within the building.
Carjacking of parked vehicles depends on
the car owner being inattentive to their surroundings.
Carjackers, like street robbers, prefer the element
of surprise. Most victims say they never
saw the carjacker until they appeared at their
car door. To reduce your risk of being carjacked,
we have listed some common sense steps below:
- Always park in well-lighted areas, if you plan
to arrive/leave after dark
- Don't park in isolated or visually obstructed
areas near walls or heavy foliage
- Use valet parking or an attended garage, if
you're a woman driving alone
- As you walk to your car be alert to suspicious
persons sitting in cars
- Ask for a security escort if you are alone
at a shopping center
- Watch out for young males loitering in the
area (handing out flyers, etc)
- If someone tries to approach, change direction
or run to a busy store
- Follow your instincts if they tell you to walk/run
away to a busy place
- As you approach your vehicle, look under, around,
and inside your car
- If safe, open the door, enter quickly, and
lock the doors
- Don't be a target by turning your back while
loading packages into the car
- Make it your habit to always start your car
and drive away immediately
- Teach and practice with your children to enter
and exit the car quickly
- In the city, always drive with your car doors
locked and windows rolled up
- When stopped in traffic, leave room to maneuver
and escape, if necessary
- If you are bumped in traffic by young males
be suspicious of the accident
- Wave to follow, and drive to a gas station
or busy place before getting out
- If you are ever confronted by an armed carjacker
- Give up your keys or money if demanded without
- Don't argue, fight or chase the
robber. You can be seriously injured
- Never agree to be kidnapped. Drop the
cars keys and run and scream for help
- If you are forced to drive, consider crashing
your car near a busy intersection,
avoiding other cars or pedestrians, so bystanders
can come to your aid and
call the police
- Call the police immediately to report the crime
and provide detailed information
- Make sure you keep a non lethal, self defense
weapon in your glove compartment or conveniently
near you. Such self defense weapons include Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or a TASER.
Charity fraud does a lot of harm. The con
artist takes advantage of people's good will and takes
their cash - money that was meant for people in
need. You can make sure that any money you give
gets into the right hands. Just remember these
tips when somebody asks you for a donation.
- Ask for identification - the organization AND
the solicitor. Find out what the purpose of the
charity is and how funds are used.
- Ask if contributions are tax deductible.
- If you're not satisfied with the answers-don't
- Give to charities that you know.
- Check out the ones you've never heard of before,
or others whose names are similar to a well-known
- Don't fall for high-pressure tactics. If
solicitors won't take no for an answer, tell them NO
anyway - BUT DON'T GIVE THEM YOUR MONEY.
- Be suspicious of charities that only accept
- Always send a check made out to the charity
and not the individual requesting the donation.
THE PIGEON DROP
A person approaches you and says that he
just found a large amount of money. What should he do
with it? Maybe his "boss" can suggest
something. He then leaves to check with his
"boss" and comes back a few minutes later. His
boss said to divide the money, but first, each of you
must put up some, "good faith money". Once you
hand over your share, you'll never see it or the
con artist again.
THE BANK EXAMINER
A con artist will contact you and tell you
he is a bank official or police officer and that he
needs your help to catch a dishonest bank teller.
All you have to do is withdraw your savings and
give the money to him so he can check the serial
numbers. IF you do, you've been "stung".
A real bank official would NEVER ask you to withdraw
Is it hard to believe that people fall for
such tricks? Con artists may be the greatest actors
you'll ever meet. The pigeon drop and the bank
examiner schemes are two of the most successful
con games around. Don't be fooled. CALL THEIR BLUFF
BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.
It's important when personally approached
by crooks, to carry a self defense product such as a
pepper spray, mace, TASER, personal alarms or a
YOURSELF FROM CON-ARTISTS
The con artist's philosophy is "the
gullible were put on this earth to be gulled." In
the past, con artists were usually referred to as con
men. This is no longer the case as more and more
women have become involved in con games and numerous
variations of con games. Before we proceed with
some tips on "how not to get conned" you
should always remember that a con artist could
be a male or a female. In addition, many times
the con artist will work with a child who will
assist them in accomplishing their goal. That goal
is to GET YOUR MONEY.
Here are some good rules to follow all the
time - whether or not you suspect a fraud:
- Don't believe in something-for-nothing offers.
You get what you pay for.
- Be suspicious of high-pressure sales efforts.
- Take your time; think about it before you part
with your money.
- Get all agreements in writing. Insist that
agreements be in plain English and not legal
- Read all contracts and agreements before signing.
Have a lawyer examine all major contracts.
- Beware of anyone who comes to your door asking
for money for charity or for personal reasons.
HOME IMPROVEMENT FRAUD
Home repairs and improvements can be
costly. Watch out if:
- Somebody offers to do an expensive job for
an unusually low price
- If a firm offers to make a "free"
inspection or if the person just happened to be in
- The most popular home improvement frauds are
roof repair and painting, driveway sealing, and
To avoid home improvement and repair the
- Always get several estimates for every repair
job, and compare prices and terms. Check to see
if there is a charge for estimates.
- Ask your friends for recommendations.
Alternatively, ask the firm for references - and
- Check the identification of all
- Call the loan Consumer Affairs office or the
Better Business Bureau to check the company's
reputation before you authorize any work.
- Be suspicious of high-pressure sales tactics.
- Pay by check - never with cash. Arrange to
make the payments in installments.
- Never allow a con-artist or crook to go into your
house without you carrying some sort of a self
defense product, such as mace, pepper spray,
personal alarms, stun gun or a TASER.
- Avoid driving alone or at night.
- Keep all
car doors locked and windows closed while in
or out of your car. Set your alarm
or use an anti-theft device.
- If you must shop
at night, park in a well-lighted area.
parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells,
or cars with tinted windows.
- Park as close as
you can to your destination and take notice of
where you parked.
- Never leave your car unoccupied
with the motor running or with children inside.
- Do not leave packages or valuables on the
seat of your car. This creates a temptation
for thieves. If
you must leave something in the car, lock it
in the trunk or put it out of sight.
- Be sure
to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
- Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag
and parcels. Do not put them down or
on top of the car in order to open the door.
- When approaching
and leaving your vehicle be aware of your
- Do not approach your car alone if there are
suspicious people in the area.
- Ask mall or store
security for an escort before leaving your shopping
- Make sure you have your self defense product in
your hand and ready to be used if needed. Carry some kind of personal
defense such as
Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or a TASER
while you walk to your vehicle. Do not keep it
in your pocket or purse, hold it in your hand.
FOR SAFER EMAILS
- Don't reply to ANY unsolicited emails. Even
unsubscribe will alert the senders that your
email address is being used.
- Use your messaging software's filtering tools
to reject mail from your frequent spammers' email
addresses or with certain words (sex, for example)
in the subject line.
- Find out if your ISP has a spam blocking service.
If not, sign up for a third party spam-blocking
service such as Brightmail (www.brightmail.com).
- Contact the large directory services such as
Bigfoot, Infospace, Switchboard, Yahoo People
Search, and whowhere, to tell them you don't
want to be listed.
- Encrypt and digitally sign all your sensitive
email messages. If your messaging software doesn't
support robust encryption, download PGP Freeware
encryption software (http://web.mit.edu/network/pgp.html)
and use that.
- Use WinZip (www.winzip.com) software to compress
and password protect your attachments.
- To avoid cookies sent via email, use email
client software, such as Eudora Pro, that lets
you shut off its automatic Web Browser rendering
- Don't read email on a machine that doesn't
belong to you or someone you trust. If you use
a browser to read email on someone else's machine,
use the browser's Clear History tool when you
finish to prevent subsequent users from getting
into your mailbox.
- Don't send sensitive personal messages on your
- Keep your antivirus software updated at all
- Use the measures outlined in this page.
- Call the police at once if you notice suspicious
strangers loitering near or in your place of
- Never block the view into your store by crowding
display windows. It is important to maintain
visibility into your business establishment at
- Secure your teller and cashier operations.
Install barriers to keep unauthorized persons
out of these areas.
- If practical, mark doorways at varying heights
to allow proper identification of robber's height.
- Install a holdup alarm system.
- Install a timed delay switch to turn off exterior
lights after your employees have gone for the
- Use two people to open and close your business.
Establish a system of prearranged signals. One
person should stay outside until the other gives
the all-clear signal.
- Keep cash on the premises to a minimum. Make
frequent pickups of money from registers and
make regular bank deposits.
- Do not establish a habitual routine when making
bank deposits. Robbers will soon learn it.
- Keep the safe in your place of business locked
at all times.
- Check the references of job applicants before
you hire them.
- In the event you are contacted about an emergency
at your business, and the call is of questionable
validity, please verify the call with the police
dispatcher, before going to your business.
- Have frequent meetings with your employees
in order to familiarize them with holdup prevention
measures, which you have initiated.
- Make sure you you are always prepared and aware of your surroundings at all
times. Buy Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or a TASER.
If You Are Held Up:
- Remain calm.
- Do not resist.
- Be identification conscious. Observe the holdup
suspect carefully for future identification.
- Report the robbery immediately-dial 911 and
don't hang up.
- If possible, protect the crime scene: do not
let anyone disturb it. Wait for police.
- Cooperate with police. By doing as they request
you will help solve the crime.
- Reduce Criminal Opportunity
- and Protect Your Business
STAYING SAFE DURING THE HOLIDAYS
- Even though you are rushing and thinking about
a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings
and the people around you. If possible, park
your car in an area of high pedestrian activity.
Avoid remote areas.
- Lock your car and close the windows, even if
you are only gone for a few minutes.
- Loose change is a meal for a street person;
they will break you window for small change.
- Your cell phone can be sold and reprogrammed
and is a sought item of theft.
- A laptop computer will keep a drug user in
a high state, at your expense
- Lock your packages out-of-sight in the trunk.
Place your valuables in the trunk before you
get to your destination, not after, the thief
may be watching.
- Be sure and lock your car, many opportunists
simply look for unlocked cars.
- If waiting for a ride from a friend or public
transportation, do so in busy, well-lit places.
- Consider security film for automobile's
- Always report a theft to the police.
- Teach your children to go to the store clerk
and ask for help if you become separated while
shopping. They should never go to the parking
lot or the car alone.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for
purchases with a check or credit card when possible;
and if the credit card receipt has carbons, ask
for these too. Notify issuers immediately if
your credit card is lost, stolen, or misused.
- Be extra careful with purees and wallets. They
may become targets for crime in crowded shopping
areas, at bus stops, and on public transportation.
- Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It
is important to have clear visibility and freedom
of motion to avoid mishaps.
- At home, be extra cautious about locking doors
and windows when you leave the house, even for
a few minutes. Leave lights and a radio or
television on so the house looks occupied. Do not
put large displays of holiday gifts in view of your
windows or doors.
- If you go away for the holidays, try to keep
your home appearing "lived in":
Get an automatic timer for your lights. Have
a neighbor watch your home and pick-up your
newspapers and mail.
- If you use lights on your tree, make sure that
they are in good working order.
- Immediately mark your new gifts with your driver's
license number, and note all serial numbers,
keeping records in a safe place.
- Remember to be a good friend and neighbor this
holiday season: Share these tips with others
in your family and neighborhood. Also, why not
get your neighborhood together and go caroling.
Do not forget the elderly and other people who
might be especially lonely during the holidays.
Soon, you may wish to form a neighborhood watch
group. People helping people, that's what it
is all about!
- And lastly, when hosting a party, find alternative
transportation for intoxicated guests; and when
going out drinking, please remember: Don't Drink
SAFETY WHILE YOUR CHILD’S
Working parents - and that's the majority
of American families today- share the anxiety,
frustration, and even fear involved in leaving children
"on their own" when school lets out, childcare
arrangements with neighbors and relatives break
down, or there simply are not any alternatives.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Make sure your children are ready to care
- Teach them basic safety rules.
- Know where
your kids are, what they are doing, and who they
ARE THEY READY? CAN YOUR CHILDREN-
- Be trusted to go straight home after school?
- Easily use the telephone, locks, and kitchen
- Follow rules and instructions well?
unexpected situations without panicking?
home alone without being afraid?
Talk it over with them, and listen to
their worries and ideas. Work out rules on having
friends over, household chores, homework, and
television. Remember, staying at home alone can build a
child's self esteem, sense of responsibility, and
TEACH YOUR "HOME ALONE" CHILDREN
- How to call 9-1-1 or your area's emergency
number, or call the operator?
- How to give directions
to your house in case of an emergency?
- To check
in with you or a neighbor immediately after arriving
- To never accept gifts or rides from people
they don't know well. (And you approve of)
- How to use the door, windows, locks and the
alarm system if you have one?
- To never let
anyone into the home without asking your
- To never let a caller at the door or on the
phone know they are alone.
- To carry a house
key with them in a safe place (inside a shirt
pocket or sock)-do not leave it under a mat or
on a ledge.
- How to escape in case of fire?
- To not go
into the house or apartment if things do not
look right- a broken window, ripped screen, or
- To let you know about anything
that frightens them or makes them feel
TIPS TO MAKE YOUR HOME SECURE
- Make sure your home looks like someone is living
in it. Don't close your curtains - in daytime
this shows the house is empty. Think about getting
automatic time switches to turn your lights on
when it goes dark.
- Fit mortise locks or bolts to all outside doors,
and locks to all downstairs or easily accessible
- Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries.
- Cut the lawn before you go and trim back any
plants that burglars could hide behind.
- Get a friend or neighbor to look after your
home. They can collect your mail; mow your lawn
and so on. This gives the impression that someone
is living in your home. If you leave keys with
a neighbor, don't label them with your address.
- Don't leave valuables, like your TV, hi-fi
or video, where people can see them through windows.
- Mark any valuable items with your postcode
and house number using an 'invisible' pen that
you can get from DIY shops. If your property
is stolen, this will help the police to identify
it if it is found, which might not only allow
them to return it to you but could also provide
them with better evidence to convict the people
- Make sure that you have up-to-date contents
- Do not put your home address on your luggage
when you are traveling to your holiday destination.
- Lock the garage and shed with proper security
locks, after putting all your tools safely away
so they cannot be used to break into your house.
If you have to leave a ladder out, put it on
its side and lock it to a secure fixture with
a 'close shackle' padlock or heavy-duty chain.
- Finally, lock all outside doors and windows.
If you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is
set and that you have told the police who has
- And just before you set off, its worth spending
a couple of minutes checking that you've done
all you had to do and taken everything that you
need with you.
- Check out our home security products.
Help from your neighbors
- It's also a good idea to get help from your
neighbors. It asks them to keep an eye on your
home while you're away.
- You could also ask them to collect post left
in the letterbox, sweep up leaves, even mow the
lawn and generally make the place look lived
- You can repay the favor by doing the same for
them. Warn the neighbor who has your key not
to put your surname, address or even your house
number on your keys in case they fall into the
- Is there a Neighborhood Watch scheme where
you live? Your local police will tell you if
there is a scheme in your area or help you set
up one of your own. It could help you keep your
home secure while you're away, and has many other
crime prevention and community benefits.
ENSURING A SAFE, CLEAN, AND SECURE
It's a scenario familiar to any business
traveler. Your airline flight was delayed; the cab line
at the airport was endless and check-in was a mess.
Jet lag has struck. It's very late, you're tired
and you have a breakfast meeting with a key client
at 6:30 AM. You grab your key, avoid the bellman
and head to your room to collapse into bed. Stop.
Take the next 5 minutes to perform these safety,
security and cleanliness checks and prepare for
the next day. These "how to's" will save
you time the next morning, they could even save
your life some day.
- When you enter your room prop the door open,
turn on the lights, and check the closets, bathroom,
under the bed and behind the drapes. Mistakes
do happen and sometimes someone else has been
assigned to your room. This happens more frequently
in suites with adjoining bedrooms that can be
sold as separate rooms. Or there could be a thief.
In any case, don't close the door until you are
sure the room is empty.
- Check that the connecting
doors, windows and sliding doors are locked.
In general, avoid first floor rooms with sliding
- Once you lock the door and attach the
safety chain, check the diagram on the back to
review the nearest exits and mentally plan your
escape route. Look out the door to check that
the exit signs are illuminated. If the lights
are out, be helpful and contact the front desk
to let them know. The few seconds that it takes
to review the exit information can save your
life in the event of a fire, earthquake or other
emergency. Just do it. FYI, most fire engine
ladders can only reach up to the 6th floor.
sure that the heat or air-conditioner, lights,
phone, radio and television are working. Turn
on the shower and sink to check the water pressure
and temperature. If they aren't working, switch
rooms now. It's not worth waiting for someone
to fix the problem, especially late at night.
GOING ON VACATION - HELP BURGLARS TAKE ONE
An empty house is a tempting target for a
burglar. Use this checklist of tips to help safeguard
your home while you're away.
- Have good locks on all doors and windows and
- Ask a neighbor to watch the house while you're
away. It's a good idea to leave your vacation
address and telephone number with a neighbor
so you can be reached in case of an emergency.
- Never leave your house key hidden outside your
- Stop all deliveries, or arrange for a neighbor
to pick up your mail, newspapers and packages.
- Arrange for someone to mow your lawn, rake
leaves and maintain the yard to give the home
a lived-in look.
- Plug in TIMERS to turn lights, a radio or
television on and off at appropriate times. This
helps to disguise the fact that you are away.
- Don't announce your absence on answering machine
- Leave your blinds, shades and curtains in a
normal position. Don't close them unless that
is what you do when you are home.
- Close and lock garage doors and windows. Ask
a neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway.
If you leave your car at home, park it as you
normally would. Vehicles parked outside should
be moved occasionally to appear that they are
- Tell your local police you plan to be away.
Patrol officers may have the opportunity to
periodically check your home.
- Engrave your valuables as recommended in Operation
I.D. This simple step will allow your stolen
property to be identified and returned to you
if recovered by the police.
- If you are driving, make sure your vehicle
has been properly serviced and is in suitable
condition for the journey.
- Try to have specific directions and routes
to your destination.
- If you get lost, call the local police for
directions or assistance.
- Always keep your vehicle doors and windows
- At stoplights and other traffic delays, leave
enough space in front of your vehicle so that
you have an escape option in case of an emergency.
- Let someone know the route you intend to travel
and your itinerary. This will help authorities
in locating you if there is a need to do so.
- Plan your trip carefully and allow for factors
such as weather, fatigue, facilities for lodging,
food and fuel. Be sure you have sufficient
finances, either cash, traveler’s checks
or credit cards.
- Ask the hotel or motel staff about their security
measures so you know what to expect.
- Use the hotel safe to store your valuables
during your stay.
- Some of our hidden safes are perfect to take with you when you are traveling.
INTERNET BUYING SAFETY
- Despite these many concerns, some now argue
that it is actually safer to buy online than
buying over the phone or handing your credit
card over to someone in a shop. This is because
if the online payment is handled properly your
banking details will be "encrypted",
which means they cannot be viewed by anyone
other than those handling the transaction -
usually the banks.
- If you're still unsure, Card Watch, the UK
banking group that works with the police and
retailers to stop credit card fraud, offer
the following "top ten tips" when
- Make sure your web-browser (that's the software
that you use to view websites, most commonly
Internet Explorer or Netscape) is set to the
highest level of security notification and
monitoring. These options are not always
automatically activated when your computer is
set-up, so check your manual or the "Help"
- Check you are using a recent version of your
web-browser as they often include better security
features - up-to-date versions can be downloaded
free from the Microsoft or Netscape websites.
If you have a different browser or use on-line
services such as AOL or CompuServe, contact your
ISP (Internet Service Provider) or software supplier
to find out how to activate their security
- Before purchasing from a website, make a record
of the retailer's contact details, including
a street address and landline phone number. If
these details are not available on the website,
consider going elsewhere to buy, do not rely
on the e-mail address alone.
- Do not enter personal details unless the security
icon is displayed (this is a small padlock that
normally appears at the bottom of your browser
when you begin your transaction over the Internet).
You can click on the padlock to see if the retailer
has an encryption certificate. This should explain
the type and extent of security and encryption
it uses. Only use companies that have an encryption
certificate and use secure transaction technology.
The address of the page where you enter personal
details should also start https://.
- If you have any queries or concerns, telephone
the company before giving them your card details
to reassure yourself that it is legitimate.
- Print out your order and consider keeping copies
of the retailer's terms and conditions and returns
policy. Be aware that there may well be additional
charges such as postage and VAT. When buying
from overseas always err on the side of caution
and remember that it may be difficult to seek
redress if problems arise.
- Check statements from your bank or card issuer
carefully as soon as you receive them. Raise
any discrepancies with the retailer concerned
in the first instance. If you find any transaction
on your statement that you are certain you did
not make, contact your card issuer immediately.
- Ensure that you are fully aware of any payment
commitments you are entering into, including
whether you are instructing a single payment
or a series of payments.
- Never disclose your card's PIN number to anyone,
including people claiming to be from your bank
or the police, and never write it down or send
it over the Internet.
- If you have any doubts about using your card,
find another method of payment.
JOGGING AND PHONE SAFETY
- Physical Fitness is a major part of military
life, but ensure your safety when you exercise
- Jog with a partner.
- Jog in familiar areas, and avoid secluded places.
- Do not jog alone after dark.
- Wear a reflective vest during hours of darkness.
- Carry a whistle, Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or TASER when you jog.
- Always lock your door when you leave and carry
a key, someone might be waiting for you to leave.
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Dealing with obscene or annoying phones calls,
first thing hang up!
- Do not talk to strangers.
- Do not interview the caller to try to find
out who he or she is.
- Do not let your answering machine give you
away, that you live alone or are not home.
Suggested recorded message "Your message is
important to me, please leave your name and
number". This message does not leave indication
that no one is home or that you are alone. Do not
use your name on the answering machine.
PARTY SAFETY/DATE RAPE PRECAUTIONS
Whatever your drug of choice, remember:
drugs and alcohol can affect your ability to make
decisions (such as identifying danger signs and plotting
escape routes). Manage how much you consume.
- Always get your own drink. Watch it being poured.
- Don't leave it unattended.
- Don't drink or taste anybody else's drink.
- Don't accept drinks from anyone else.
- Dispose of your drink if you think it tastes
odd (if you just leave it, someone else may drink
- When in bars or clubs always get your drink
directly from the bartender and do not take your
eyes off the bartender or your order; don't use the
waitress or let somebody go to the bar for you.
- At parties, only accept drinks in closed
containers: bottles, cans or tetra packs.
- Never leave your drink unattended or turn your
back on your table.
- Do not drink from open beverage sources like punch
bowls, pitchers or tubs.
- Drugs used to spike drinks can be colorless
and tasteless so you might not realize that anything
has been added.
- Keep your eyes and ears open; if there is talk of
date rape drugs or if friends seem "too intoxicated"
for what they have taken, leave the party or club
immediately and don't go back.
- Be aware of the behavior of your friends.
Is their behavior out of character? Do they
seem too "out of it" for what they've
had? See the section on Drink Spiking to find
out what to do.
- Watch out for your friends. Are they binge
drinking or taking drugs? Are they making safe
decisions? Are they OK?
- If your friend needs to sober up or straighten
out, check to see that they are OK. Are they
alone? Who is with them? Are they safe?
- Encourage people who are drunk to drink water
or eat something. Keep an eye on them, if you
- Do you really trust whom you are going home
with? Are you sure they won't make you do anything
you don't want to do? Will they take "NO"
for an answer?
- If you are going home with someone different,
let someone know. Introduce them to your
- If you still want to be even more cautious,
consider purchasing drink testing strips. Test your
drink by simply dipping it in your glass. These
strips will change color if any drug is
If You're Throwing the Party
- Know whom you have invited to the party and
plan what you will do if there are
- Provide food and non-alcoholic drink spacers,
e.g. water, soft drinks, juice.
- Keep a look out for your guests. Make sure
they're safe and having a good time.
- Offer to organize taxis for your guests. Take
a note of the taxi company you have called.
- Create a safe atmosphere. If you know that
someone is harassing or intimidating someone
else, then do something about it:
- Let them know you are watching;
- Ask the person to stop;
- Ask them to leave;
- Find the victimized person a safe place;
- Don't be afraid to call the police.
Stay safe yourself and ask for help if you
KEEPING YOUR PERSONAL INFO SAFE
- Thieves can use even the most mundane of
personal details to help them "verify"
that they are someone they aren't, and one of the
most common ways of obtaining personal details
is "bin-raiding". This is surprisingly
common in affluent areas and is spreading out
of towns to the countryside; with 75% of local
authorities now admitting it happens regularly
in their area.
- An exercise carried out with the support of
Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Police
analyzed the contents of hundreds of household
bins to see what people were throwing away. It
found that 86% of domestic rubbish contained
information helpful to fraudsters.
- Three quarters of the bins that were checked
contained the full name and address of at least
one person from the household, while 20% of bins
contained a bank account number and sort code
that could be linked to the name and address
of a person from the house.
- So don't keep all of your bills, receipts and
other personal documents in an obvious place,
if you can lock it away. If you don't have anywhere
to lock it, try and keep it somewhere out of
the way, or separate it out. Consider investing
in a shredder!
- Identity thieves will also try to dupe you
into giving personal information either in person,
over the phone or by using official sounding
e-mails. And of course, personal computers can
hold plenty of information useful to
- Be wary. Be suspicious of anyone seeking
too much personal information, and don't be
afraid to challenge them by asking "why do you
need those details?" - A legitimate enquirer
won't mind you asking. Make sure you store
all important documents and details, such as
your birth certificate, national insurance
number, receipts and bank statements, in a
- Anything containing personal information that
you intend to throw out should be destroyed before
it is put in the bin. Using a household paper
shredder is not taking things too far. If you
think you have become the victim of an identity
thief, report it to the police, local authority
and relevant Government departments or companies
- Keep personal information in "encrypted"
folders on your computer. Encryption scrambles the
contents of your chosen folder so it cannot be read
by anyone else. You can "unscramble" the
contents using a password. Many well-known
software companies offer free downloads to
help you with encryption, or encryption can
be an option under your standard operating
- Consider installing "personal firewall"
software on your computer to stop online intruders
or "hackers" accessing information on your
PERSONAL PROTECTION ITEMS
It seems we all need to carry more of our
personal possessions around with us these days.
Cash in your wallet or purse; checkbooks,
credit cards, personal organizers and mobile phones are
just some of the everyday items that are sorely
missed if they are stolen.
All these possessions might seem
invaluable, but according to the police the best advice
for hanging on to your possessions is "only take
what you need with you".
They suggest you learn to minimize the
amount of possessions you carry with you. If you don't
need a camera with you, don't take it and the same
goes for cash and credit cards, only take what
cash you need and don't take all your credit cards
with you, just the ones you are likely to use.
Keep your purse or wallet somewhere where
you can feel it, such as an inside jacket or trouser
pocket. Pockets you can zip or button are best.
Check every now and then to make sure you still
have your wallet or purse on you, but don't make
this too obvious as pickpockets can spot you doing
Likewise, keep your mobile phone out of
sight - in a zipped up pocket is best. If you carry a
bag, strap it across your chest and keep hold of
it, but at the same time try not to look overly
cautious. Keep the zip or opening towards you.
Be aware that backpack style bags are especially
vulnerable to thieves.
Do not leave your bag unattended in a
public place, such as in a pub, coffee bar or shop. If
you're trying on shoes in a shop for example, don't walk
even a short distance away from your bag. Keep
it with you or ask the shop assistant to hold it
Try to appear relaxed, but at the same
time be thoughtful about your surroundings. Pickpockets
like busy streets and crowded places, and someone
bumping into you could well be a pickpocket. If
this happens, check you still have your things
with you, but again don't make it too obvious that
you're doing this.
If something is stolen, go to the nearest
police station or call the police. However, don't dial
911 unless you have actually caught someone in
the act and have managed to apprehend them. Think
carefully before chasing after someone or trying
to restrain a thief. The value of what they have
stolen may be minor compared to the consequences
of being attacked. Always put your own safety first.
TIPS FOR PERSONAL
SAFETY (CONFRONTING DANGER)
- Trust your instincts. If something feels wrong,
something is probably wrong.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Walk close to the curb, facing oncoming traffic.
- Carry bags close to your body.
- Look confident.
- Tell someone where you are going and when you
expect to be back.
- If you are being followed, head for a crowded
- If people start milling around you, it could
a set-up for a mugging.
- Know yourself, how do you react in a crisis
situation? Do you scream, cry, freeze? How would
you defend yourself?
- Remember there is no right or wrong approach
to dangerous situations.
- Show your anger, not your fear. A furious reaction
often may stop an attack. Remember an attacker
is looking for an easy victim. Yelling is always
a good deterrent (a good choice is to yell FIRE)
this will draw attention to those who do not
want to get involved but may be concerned for
their own safety and may come to help.
- If there are other people around, yell loudly
enough to get their attention to what the assailant
- If you are alone and do not know anyone on
the street or nearby, try calling a name out
to make the attacker or assailant to believe
you may be with someone. This may also help if
you are alone at home.
- If someone has a weapon stay calm and wait
for an opportunity. Weapons make the situation
more dangerous and difficult, but there still
may be something you can do about the situation.
- Make sure you keep a self defense product on your
person at all times such as Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or TASER.
Non-resistance to prevent physical
violence, Negotiate, Stall for time, Distracting or
diverting the assailant, then fleeing, Verbal
assertiveness, Screaming, and using a whistle or
personal alarms to attract attention and help
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO TO PREVENT SEXUAL ASSAULT?
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Stay in
well-lit areas as much as possible.
- Walk confidently,
directly, at a steady pace. A rapist looks for
someone who appears vulnerable.
- Walk on the side
of the street facing traffic.
- Walk close to the
curb. Avoid doorways, bushes and alleys where
rapists can hide.
- If you think you are being
followed, walk quickly to areas where there are
people and lights. If a car appears to be following
you, turn and walk in the opposite direction
or walk on the other side of the street.
- Be careful
when people stop you for directions or money.
Always reply from a distance and never get too
close to the car.
- If you are in trouble or feel
you are in danger, don't be afraid to attract
help any way you can. Scream, yell or run away
- Always lock your car. Keep your car
locked when you are away from it to keep a sexual
predator from hiding and waiting inside.
- When you are
inside the car, lock the doors for safety.
inside and around your car before you get in.
- Be aware of other people in parking areas,
especially those close to your vehicle.
- If you
think you are being followed, drive to a public
place or a police station to get help.
- If your
car breaks down, open the hood or attach a white
cloth to the antenna. If someone stops to help,
stay inside your locked vehicle and ask them
to call the police. The person pretending to help
may be a sexual predator
- If you choose to carry any
type of weapon for self-protection, give careful
consideration to your ability and willingness
to use it. Remember there is always the chance
that it could be taken away and used.
- Always be prepared and carry a self defense
weapon such as Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or TASER
come in a variety of sizes, shapes and voltages.
Marking your property is one of the most
simple and effective ways of protecting your
- For a start, property marking puts burglars
off because it let's others know that the item
has been stolen, making it much more difficult
to sell. The other big advantage is that it makes
tracing and returning your stolen property a
lot easier for police.
- The Metropolitan police say that there are
two main types of property marking: the first
is known as permanent marking, when you engrave
or "punch" your property with your
street number and postcode. Inexpensive permanent
marketing kits can be bought from most DIY
- Make sure you engrave with a fine drill or
sharp-pointed tool, and use a template or stencil
to keep it neat and tidy. Punching is a form
of permanent marking that is done with a hammer
and a set of punches bearing numbers and letters.
This method is good for bicycles, mowers, engines
or other sturdy metal objects, but don't use
this on aluminum as it's easily damaged. Of course,
you could just improvise and scratch your postcode
on it with a sharp object, depending on how happy
you expect to be with the final appearance.
- Invisible marking is the other method of property
marking. This is best for antiques or valuable
property that would lose value if spoiled by
permanent marking. Police usually check stolen
property with a special ultra-violet lamp, so
a ultra-violet (UV) marker pen should be used.
Just as for permanent marking, use your postcode
and mark again if you move. The police also say
that it is important to remember that UV marking
fades and will need to be renewed every so often.
- Most police forces run schemes that let you
borrow an UV or ceramic marker, and you can buy
them at most DIY stores. However, in some cases,
chemicals can be used to remove invisible marking,
and as it fades quickly, you should remember
to regularly update your markings.
- Although you can't see it with the naked
eye, invisible marking can still be a deterrent
to burglars, but you must let them know you've
done it by using stickers from the police saying,
"property in this home has been marked".
Contact your local police for more details about
- When it comes to deciding which items to
mark, the answer is "up to you".
Think about what you value most and what might
be attractive to thieves. The truth is almost
anything can be a target for theft, so why
not mark everything?
- It's worth keeping a property list or inventory
of all your household possessions, and be sure
to mark the things that you own as you compile
your list, including items kept in your shed
- Finally, where your property is marked is
important, especially if engraving or punching. The
chances are you'll want to keep the mark out of
site, so try marking underneath or around the back
of the item. The most important thing to remember
is to choose a surface that can't be removed
without spoiling the basic appearance or performance
of the item. If thieves can't remove your mark
without breaking your property, then it's worthless
and they probably won't want it.
PROTECTING YOUR CHILD
It has been said that children are our
most valuable resource. Therefore, it is absolutely
necessary that we take positive measures to insure their
safety and prevent them from becoming victims of
- Never leave children alone; not at home, in
a vehicle, at play, or anywhere.
- Define what
a STRANGER is. Let your kids know that just because
they see someone everyday (e.g. mailman, paperboy,
neighbor, etc.) it does not mean these people
are not strangers.
- Teach your children their
full name, your name, full address, and phone
number, including area codes. Teach them how
to use a phone.
- Teach your children the "What
making up different dangerous situations that
they might encounter and helping them play
out what they would do in that situation.
- Take the
time to talk to your children and be alert to
any noticeable changes in their behavior or attitude
toward an adult or teenager; it may be a sign
of sexual abuse.
- Set up procedures with your
child's school or day care center as to whom
the child will be released to other than yourself,
and what notification procedure they are to follow
if the child does not show up on time.
your children that their body is private and
no one has the right to touch them in a way that
makes them feel uncomfortable. If anyone touches
them in a wrong way they should: SAY NO, GET
AWAY, and TELL SOMEONE they trust.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SAFETY
Public transport is normally very safe and
most taxi companies are reputable licensed firms whose
drivers have been vetted, so here is some advice
that should help you feel more confident when traveling
by bus, train, tube or taxi.
On the Bus
- Use a bus stop you know is usually busy and
is well lit
- Know the departure and arrival times and try
and let someone at the other end know which bus
you plan to catch. They could always meet you
at your stop
- Sit close to the driver. If someone starts
up a conversation, be pleasant and confident,
but don't give away personal information like
where you live or work
- Carry a self defense product where ever you go.
Buy pepper spray, mace, a stun gun, a TASER or
- Wait on a well-lit section of the platform,
close to the exit or where there are other people
around. Many stations now have CCTV cameras and
staff that are trained to deal with emergencies
- When you get on the train try to sit in a busy
compartment and keep any bags and personal
possessions you have next to you
- If you feel uncomfortable switch seats or even
consider getting off the train and catching the
next one. Only do this if the station where you
are getting off is manned and busy
- Know where the emergency button or cord is
situated or any help points at the station
- Carry a self defense product for personal protection where ever you go.
Buy Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or TASER.
Taking a Taxi
- Carry the phone number of a taxi or mini cab
firm you know, and whenever you book a taxi ask
them for the driver's name and the type of car
they will be driving
- Try and book the taxi you need to bring you
home before you go out. Give your name and when
the driver arrives make sure they know the name
it was booked under. If you have to book your
taxi in a public place, do it quietly where people
are unlikely to overhear your name and address
- If you can, share a taxi with a friend and
have your money ready and keys handy at the end
of your journey so that you can enter your home
- If ever you feel uneasy in a taxi ask the driver
to stop in a busy place that you know well, and
- Be prepared and carry a personal protection device such as
Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or a TASER.
If you are in immediate danger of being
raped, and you do not have pepper spray, a stun gun or a TASER, here
are some things that you can do.
Make a loud noise - Carry a whistle,
personal alarm or scream "police" to attract
Run - Only run if there is somewhere safe
to run to. If there is no where to go you may aggravate
the assailant further by running
Stall - Speak calmly and rationally. Try
not to plead, cry or show that you're scared, this may
be the reaction that he's going for.
Urinate or vomit - Do anything you can to
repulse the assailant. Tell him that you have a STD or
Fight - Women who resist attacks and act
quickly are less likely to be raped, than those who are
passive. The optimum time to react is in the first
20 seconds when the body releases chemicals in
the blood that help to put up a fight. Be cautious
if he has a weapon.
Keep alert - Even though it will be
difficult, try to pay attention to as many details as
possible, so that you can identify your rapist.
Get help - Call 9-1-1 as soon as possible.
Police are becoming more willing to help victims of
rape. You are not obligated to press charges or go to
Collect evidence - Do not bathe, shower,
or douche. If you change clothes, put the clothes you
were raped in into a bag and seal it.
Tell someone - Call the police, rape
crisis counselor, telephone operator, and/or a friend.
It is very important that someone knows and that it is
not kept a secret.
SELF DEFENSE TIPS
Do as much as you can to avoid a
confrontation - "anticipation and avoidance"
are the key words. If you get caught up in a situation,
try to talk to an aggressor without provoking them.
Practice relaxation, as appearing fearful or stressed
can actually provoke an attack. Remember that body
language is important in aggressive situations,
so maintain a comfortable distance between you
and the aggressor.
Use a gas or electronic attack alarm, as
these give out a short piercing sound and will
temporarily disorientate an attacker, giving you enough
time to escape. Carry it somewhere where you can get
to it quickly - don't leave it buried at the bottom
of your bag. If you don't have a personal alarm, just
make a noise yourself by screaming as loud as you can,
or shouting "call the police" - if you're
loud enough this can be just as effective as
personal alarms. If you have an alarm, use it and
shout as well.
Steady yourself if danger threatens. Panic
can disable you, so again it’s useful to learn
how to keep control in a difficult situation. And
if you must fight back, adopt what police term
the "bash and dash" approach. Primary
targets are the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, throat,
groin, knees or shins; choose whichever is easiest
to get to.
If held from behind don't struggle
forward, you'll only exhaust yourself. Instead throw
yourself backwards to surprise your attacker or stomp on
the lower leg or foot.
You have the right to defend yourself with
reasonable force and this includes using items you have
with you such as an umbrella, bag, briefcase or keys.
However, don't carry or use anything that the law
would regard as an offensive weapon. Once you've
achieved your primary aim of stunning or surprising
your attacker, get away as fast as you can. If
you manage to overcome them don't attack again,
you could be putting yourself in more danger or
you could end up being charged with assault.
These are just the very basics of
self defense, but to learn more about it and get some
exercise at the same time, find a local self-defense
class and encourage your family along to join you. Just
remember "anticipation and avoidance" are
the best forms of defense.
TIPS FOR SAFE SHOPPING
- Shop during daylight hours whenever
possible. If you must shop at night, go with a
friend or family member.
- Dress casually and comfortably.
- Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
- Do not carry a purse or wallet,
if possible. Even though you are rushed and thinking
- thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
- Pay for
purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
- Keep cash in your front pocket.
- Notify the
credit card issuer immediately if your credit
card is lost, stolen or misused.
- Keep a record
of all of your credit card numbers in a safe
place at home.
- Be extra careful if you do carry
a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets
of criminals in crowded shopping areas.
overloading yourself with packages. It is important
to have clear visibility and freedom of motion
to avoid mishaps.
- Beware of strangers approaching
you for any reason. At this time of year,
"con-artists" may try various methods of
distracting you with the intention of taking your
money or belongings.
- Carry a self defense product where ever you go.
Buy Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or a TASER.
Wherever you are on the street, in an
office building or shopping mall, driving, waiting for a
bus or cab, stay alert and tuned in to your
Trust your instincts. If something or
someone makes you uncomfortable, avoid the person or
Know the neighborhoods where you live and
work. Check out the locations of police and fire
stations, public telephones, hospitals, and restaurants,
or stores that are open late.
On Foot-Day or Night
- Stick to well-lighted, well-traveled streets.
Avoid shortcuts through wooded areas, parking
lots, or alleys, were a rapist or stalker can
- Don't flash money or other tempting targets
like jewelry or clothing.
- Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling
by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat
or front pants pocket, not a back pocket. Carry
only what is necessary and try not to keep currency
and credit cards all in one place.
- Don't wear shoes or clothing that restricts
- Have your car or house key in hand before you
reach the door.
- Try to use automated teller machines in the
daytime. Have your card in hand and don't approach
the machine if you're uneasy about people nearby.
Better yet, only use the ATM machines inside
of grocery store, malls, or gas stations.
- If you think someone is following you, switch
direction or cross the street. Walk toward
an open store, restaurant, or lighted house.
If someone harasses you, don't be embarrassed.
Loudly say, "Leave me alone! Someone call
the police! Get away!"
- Have in hand a self defense weapon such as Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or TASER.
- Keep your car in good running condition. Make
sure there's enough gas to get where you're going
- Always roll up the windows and lock car doors,
even if you're coming right back. Check inside
and out before getting in.
- Avoid parking in isolated areas. Be especially
alert in lots and underground parking garages.
- If you think someone is following you, don't
head home. Drive to the nearest police or fire
station, gas station, or other open business
to get help
- If Someone Tries to Rob You
- Don’t resist. Give up your property.
Don't risk your life.
- Report the crime to the police. Try to describe
the attacker accurately. Your actions can help
prevent others from being victims.
- Take a Stand!
- Make your neighborhood and working place safer
by reporting broken street lights, cleaning up
parks and vacant lots, and lobbying local government
for better lighting in public places.
- Initiate a block watch program in your
neighborhood by contacting your local crime
- Be prepared at all times. Buy Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or TASER.
TEN TIPS FOR AVOIDING CRIME
- Be Alert!
Keep your head up.
Be aware of your surroundings.
- Vary Your Routines
Predictability makes you a more likely target.
- Lock It!
Home, car, office - locks are your first line
- Make Your Home A Tough Target
Use floodlights, motion sensors, a security system,
- Foil Car-jackers
Keep windows/doors locked; check mirrors and
blind spot when stopped.
Stay one to one and a half lengths away from
the car ahead of you.
Sound your horn and flash your lights if you
think you're being approached by a car-jacker.
- Avoid Car Thefts
Use an anti-theft device.
Turn the wheels when you park.
Never leave a spare key inside the car.
Park in a well-lighted place.
Put packages in the trunk.
- Be Creative
Think of unusual ways to protect yourself and
- Be Informed
Learn the crime trends in your area and work
to protect yourself against them.
- Get Involved
Have your joined or organized a Neighborhood
- Don't Give Up!
Crime can be reduced - with action, not apathy!
SAFER WEB BROWSING
- Upgrade your Web browser
to 128-bit encryption.
- Read Web site privacy policies
carefully and make sure you understand them.
Look on your favorite Web sites for privacy
seals of approval from BBBOnline, TRUSTe,
ePublicEye, or CPA WebTrust.
- If you're reluctant to provide certain information
on an online form, don't.
- Set up a special free email account with
Yahoo, Hotmail, or other free services and
supply those addresses when you fill out forms.
- Before you give your credit card number to
any commerce site, make absolutely sure it's
secure. Look for a closed padlock icon at the
bottom of the screen or https in the URL.
- Delete all the cookies in your cookie directory
(generally c:\windows\cookies) frequently.
- Disable cookies in your browser (an extreme
measure) or set your browser to alert you to
cookies, or to accept only cookies that return
to their original server or, better yet, install
cookie management software (such as Webroot
Software's WindowWasher or The Limit Software's
CookieCrusher) to control which cookies your
PC will accept.
- Use an anonymous browser such as Anonymizer
to hide your identity and filter cookies.
- If a Web site gives you the option to opt
out of tracking, take it.
- If you have a fast and constant DSL or cable
connection, get some personal firewall software,
such as Symantec's Norton Personal FireWall
or Network ICE's BlackICE Defender, and install
- Turn off file and printer sharing in Windows
if you're not using it. Intruders will have
an easier time accessing your files if this
- Elect not to accept news or updates from
Web sites you visit.
- Fake your return address when you use chat
- Turn off your Instant Messaging software
when you're not using it.
- Set your Instant Messaging software to allow
only people you trust (in your buddy list,
for example) to access you.