Personal Safety

Personal SafetyStay Safe at Home

  • Always lock your doors and windows even when leaving for "just a minute."
  • Never leave a house key available under a doormat, in a flowerpot, or on the ledge of a door. These are the first places a burglary will look!
  • All exterior doors should be made of solid core wood or metal and have dead bolt locks with at least a one-inch throw that extends into the frame.
  • Increase the security of sliding glass doors and windows by installing additional security locks. To prevent the door or window from being lifted out of the track, drill a hole through the door/window frame and the fixed frame; then insert a pin into the hole.
  • Install a peephole in your front door. NEVER open the door to someone you don't know!
    Use timers so that lights, radios, and televisions go on and off throughout the house to give the appearance that someone is home.
  • Install exterior lights on timers that illuminate your doors and windows at night.
    Cut shrubbery back so it doesn't hide doors or windows. Cut back any tree limbs that a burglar could use to climb to an upper-level window.
  • Ask to see the identification for any repairman or delivery person before opening your door. If you are suspicious, call to verify.
  • If a stranger asks to use your phone, offer to make the call for them. Have the person wait outside.
  • Never let a stranger know you're home alone, whether the person is at your door or on the phone.

Street Precautions

  • Know where you're going and the safest route to your destination.
  • Walk at a steady pace, with your head up. Look confident and avoid looking down at the ground.
  • Stay in well-lit areas and choose routes where other people will be walking. Walk with a friend whenever possible.
  • If someone is following you on foot, cross the street and head towards a busy area. If a vehicle is following you, turn around and walk in the opposite direction.
  • Carry a whistle or personal alarm. The noise may scare potential intruders away from your doors and windows at night. Cut shrubbery back so it doesn't hide doors or windows. Cut back any tree limbs that a burglar could use to climb to an upper-level window.
  • Ask to see the identification for any repairman or delivery person before opening your door. If you are suspicious, call to verify.
  • Vary your route while jogging or biking. Avoid isolated areas and exercise with a friend whenever possible.
  • If a stranger asks to use your phone, offer to make the call for them. Have the person wait outside.
  • Never let a stranger know you're home alone, whether the person is at your door or on the phone.