A Guide to Personal Safety

May 12, 2011


  • Avoid dark, desolate, or high crime areas.
  • Wait for transportation in well lit areas.
  • Seek refuge in a store or private residence. Notify police if someone bothers you.
  • Scream if you must - it can attract attention or even frighten off an assailant.
  • Do not hitchhike.
  • Choose bright, visible parking areas.
  • Have others accompany you to your car.
  • Have your car key in-hand before you get to your vehicle.
  • Check under your vehicle and the back seat before entering.
  • When leaving your vehicle, roll up all windows and lock all doors.
  • When you are stopped in traffic, leave enough distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you to allow you to go around that car if something suspicious should occur.
  • Have a security system installed. They are your best source of protection. Choose one that is monitored by a UL approved central station 24 hours a day.
  • Have good locks on all points of entry. Inspect doors and windows for loose locks, deadbolts, latches, and hinges. Promptly make any necessary repairs. Windows and exterior doors can be a problem unless the glass is burglar-resistant.
  • Have a peephole installed in the door. Chain locks are unreliable.
  • Do not advertise that you live alone. Use initials on mail boxes and in the phone book.
  • When the doorbell rings, pretend someone else is home. Yell, “I’ll get it!” before answering.
  • If someone knocks and says he/she needs to call for a tow truck or other assistance, offer to make the call yourself without opening the door.
  • Trim overgrown landscaping, such as bushes and shrubbery. This makes it difficult for burglars to hide.
Consider the following:

  • Are you observant of activity around you?
  • Are you cautious about displaying valuables in public?
  • Is your automobile in good running condition?
  • Do you keep people reasonably informed of your movements and whereabouts?


The following are some of the best places to attack your assailant in the event you need to protect yourself:

  • Forehead
  • Face
  • Throat
  • Center of Chest
  • Back of Hand
  • Ribs
  • Groin
  • Knee
  • Shin

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