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.