- Be aware of your surroundings! (Look around, know who or what is there.)
Example? Is there someone standing by your vehicle, or walking behind you,
or sitting in their car next to yours.
- Trust your instincts. (If it doesn’t look right, feel right then
it’s probably wrong.)
- If you feel these instincts do not ignore them, let someone know, call
police and report the situation. (I.e. suspicious subject or vehicle that
just doesn’t fit the surroundings)
- Walk with a partner or group, ask someone to walk out with you or call
police for an escort.
- Keep your purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put your
wallet in an inside coat pocket or front pants pocket.
- While shopping keep your purse and valuables protected. (Ideally your
purse should be in your possession but if you need to put it down, put it
in the bottom of shopping cart with something over it; you can even wrap
or tie your straps around something. Make it harder for a criminal to have
access to it, keep you coupons in a separate area so you can have access
to them without making your wallet and purse vulnerable.
- Again, be aware of your surroundings; remember criminals do
not always work alone. A common practice is for someone to distract you
while their partner robs you of your valuables.
- Plan ahead and make a game plan in the event something happens,
you will be more likely to do the right thing if you have already thought
about it. (Should be used for everything you do whether you’re driving,
walking, shopping, or just hanging out at home.)