Crime Prevention Tips

Tips for Everyone

Crime and the fear of crime create special problems for people today. The news is full of violence and crime, and people are understandably cautious, and curious about how to feel and be more secure.  Understanding the nature of the problem and knowing what to do to avoid being a victim of crime can help you. The following tips can be effective in increasing safety, are by no means an exhaustive list of the security measures available.


  • Always plan your route, and stay alert to your surroundings. Walk confidently.
  • Have someone with you. Stay away from buildings and doorways; walk in well-lighted areas.
  • Have your key ready when approaching your front door.
  • Don't dangle your purse away from your body. Twelve percent of all crimes are purse snatchings and street robberies.
  • Don't carry large, bulky shoulder bags; carry only what you need.  Better yet, sew a small pocket inside your jacket or coat.  If you don't have a purse, no one will try to snatch it.


  • Don't display large sums of cash.
  • Never leave your purse unattended.
  • Keep wallets out of sight.
  • Purses, hand or shoulder bags, should be kept as close to the body as possible.
  • Do not dangle purses or bags by the straps.

Out and About

  • Always keep your car doors locked, whether you are in or out of your car.
  • On public transportation, sit as close to the driver as possible.
  • Travel well-lit and busy streets.
  • Plan your route.
  • Don't leave your purse on the seat beside you; put it on the floor, where it is more difficult for someone to grab it.
  • Lock bundles or bags in the trunk. Thieves are less likely to break in, if there is nothing readily available.
  • Always check the front seat, back seat, and floor before entering your car.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.

How to avoid Scams

  • Be alert for con artists.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 
  • Do not give out personal information over the phone, unless you know the person you are talking to.  This also applies to internet communication.
  • Do not give out your credit or debit card numbers, your bank account information, social security numbers, or any other personal information to anyone over the phone.
  • Do not leave old and no longer relevant financial statements lying around.  Shred as appropriate.
  • Be wary of bogus sales people calling door to door and advising you that your roof needs repair or that  your gutters need to be cleaned, or that trees need to be cut.


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