On the Way Home

  • Walk in well-traveled, well-lit areas.
  • Avoid dark and isolated shortcuts.
  • Have your keys out and ready to unlock your car or home.
  • Avoid using your cell phone or wearing your headphones while walking alone at night.

In Your Car

  • Always check the backseat and underneath your vehicle before getting into your vehicle.
  • Lock your doors once inside your car.
    Park in a well-lit area.

 On the Street

  • Be aware and self-confident. Many would-be attackers rely on the element of surprise.
  • Establish eye contact and, if approached suspiciously, assert yourself in a loud, strong voice ("No, I can't help you!" or "Get away from me!").


 In Your Room, Home or Apartment

  • Always lock your door, whether you're leaving the house or are home alone.
  • Don't leave keys hidden outside; thieves will find them.
  • Don't put your address on your key ring.
  • Don't leave messages on your door indicating that you're gone or when you'll return.
  • Know your neighbors.
  • Don't leave money in your room.
  • Report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.
  • Leave lights, TV or music on when nobody is home.
  • Make sure the lights work around all entrances.
  • Close windows, doors and blinds at night.
  • Don't post your destination or home address on your social media platforms.