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Consumer Tips  >>  Woman Safety Related

  1. Avoid driving alone or at night.
  2. Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
  3. If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area..
  4. Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.
  5. Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.
  6. Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.
  7. Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
  8. Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
  9. Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.
  10. When approaching and leaving your vehicle be aware of your surroundings.
  11. Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
  12. Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location

Ensure Safety at Home

  1. They may pretend to be a workman, saying that they need to check your electricity or water. They might even claim to be from the council and that they are carrying out a local survey. Whatever reason a caller gives, you need to be sure that they aren't just trying to get into your home to steal something.
  2. Be on your guard every time the doorbell rings, or there's a knock at your door. Look out of your window to see who's there first and if you don't know who the person is, open the window slightly and talk to them that way, rather than opening your door. Alternatively, have a viewer fitted in your front door so that you can take a good look at who's there first. If your eyesight isn't so good, don't worry as you can now get wide-angle viewers to help you see better.
  3. Put the door chain or door bar on before opening the door and talk through the gap. You could even fit a small mirror to the wall next to the door so that you can easily see the person you are talking to. When the caller has left and you've closed the door, don't forget to unhook the chain so that any friend or relative you have given a key to can still get in.
  4. Make sure your back door is locked if someone knocks at your front door. Sometimes thieves work together with one coming in the back way, while the other keeps you talking at the front.

Sexual Assault

  1. Use initials instead of first names on mailboxes and phone listings.
  2. Avoid remaining alone in an apartment laundry room or parking garage where stalkers can hide.
  3. Never admit on the telephone or at the door that you are alone.
  4. It is risky to accept a ride home from someone you have just met. They could be a sexual offender.
  5. If you decide to physically resist assault, remember that your goal is to incapacitate the attacker long enough to run to safety and get help.
  6. If you have been a victim of sexual assault, call police immediately. Do not bath or change clothes or you may destroy evidence.
  7. Always carry a self defense product such as Mace, pepper spray or personal alarms..

Robbery

  1. Avoid carrying valuable items or large amounts of money.
  2. Always think ahead. For example, when traveling at night, have your keys ready to enter the house or to start the car.
  3. If you are confronted by a robber, the best advice is to cooperate.
  4. If you resist, there is a greater chance that you may be hurt.

ATM Machines

  1. When using an automatic bank teller, always be watchful of any suspicious people around you. The chances of being robbed at night are much greater, especially if you are alone.
  2. If you find someone waiting and watching outside in the area of an ATM machine, do not use it. Leave the area and report the incident to the police immediately. You could save someone else from being a victim of crime.
  3. Always carry a self defense product such as Mace, pepper spray or personal alarms.

Safety on the Street

  1. Stay in well-lighted, busy areas. Avoid walking alone and avoid known trouble spots.
  2. When you carry a purse, hold it close to your body rather than by the handles. Do not wrap purse straps around your wrist, because you can get hurt in a struggle.
  3. Carry only what you need in a purse or wallet, not everything you have.
  4. Avoid using shortcuts through dark alleys, fields, or vacant lots.
  5. If you think you're being followed, cross the street and change directions a few times. Go quickly to a well-lighted place with lots of people. Do not go home. You don't want an attacker to know where you live.
  6. Avoid violent crime by using self defense products. Mace, pepper spray, stun guns, TASERS and personal alarms are an excellent choice for preventing crime.

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