Protect Yourself from Assault
Using Common Sense, Staying alert and taking steps to protect yourself can help you prevent personal assault on the street, in your car and one the job. Following these personal-safety guidelines can help keep you safe. ON THE STREET
- Keep you head up and walk with a purpose; make eye contact with people you pass on the street.
- Be alert to whatís going on around you; keep your focus outward, not inward.
- Avoid alleys, deserted streets and isolated public parks. Stick with the crowd.
- Wear comfortable shoes you can walk or run in.
- Walk up to a residence, store or emergency firebox if you believe youíre being followed.
IN YOUR CAR
- Keep you car well maintained and your gas tank at least one-quarter full.
- Keep car doors locked and windows rolled up.
- Have your car keys in hand when approaching your car.
- Park close to the building youíll be entering or near the center of a lot. Avoid parking around the lotís edges or next to an occupied vehicle.
- Before getting in the car, check the front and back seats to be sure no one is hiding inside.
- Park in well-lighted areas. Avoid back streets, alleys and isolated parking garages.
- Donít go home or to you hotel if you believe someone is following you. Instead, drive to a police station, fire station or a business with visible security personnel on duty.
ON THE JOB
- Inform security or a family member if youíre going to work late and when you expect to leave your office. Leave the building with a co-worker or security escort.
- Leave a record of you appointments with an assistant or co-worker; let someone know where youíre going and when you expect to return when leaving for outside appointments.
- Be careful in stairwells and elevators. Avoid using dark or isolated stairwells. Stand next to the control panel while riding in an elevator with a stranger. If youíre attacked, punch all the floor buttons so the door will open on each floor. Yell for help every time it opens.
- Trust your intuition. If someone in an elevator appears threatening or suspicious, get out and alert security.
- Use a buddy system. Tell co-workers when youíre going to the restroom or running an errand.