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Adult Safety

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Download Please take note of these important safety tips:

Home Safety
  • Always lock your doors and windows, even when leaving for “just a minute.” 
  • Never leave a house key under a doormat, in a flowerpot, or on the ledge of a door. These are the first places a burglar will look. 
  • All exterior doors should be solid core wood or metal and have a dead bolt with at least a 1-inch throw that extends into the frame. 
  • Increase the security of sliding glass doors and windows by installing additional security locks. When you’re sleeping or not at home, all windows and doors should be shut and locked.
  • Cut shrubbery back so it doesn't hide doors and windows. Cut back any tree limbs a burglar could use to climb to an upper-level window. 
  • Ask to see identification of any repairman or delivery person before opening your door. If you’re suspicious, call to verify. 
  • Install exterior lights on timers that illuminate your doors and windows at night. 
  • Use timers so lights, radios, and televisions go on and off through the house to give the appearance that someone is home. 
  • Install a door viewer in your front door. Never open the door to someone you don’t know! 
  • If a stranger asks to use your phone, offer to make the call for him/her. Have the person wait outside. 
  • Never use “I” on an answering machine; use “we.”
  • Never let a stranger know you’re home alone, whether the person is at your door or on the phone. 
  • Never leave outgoing checks or paid bills in your residential mailbox. Go to the post office or use the blue USPS mailboxes.
Street Safety
  • Be alert to your surroundings and the people around you. Trust your gut instinct! 
  • Know where you’re going and the safest route to your destination. 
  • Walk at a steady pace with your head up. Look confident and avoid looking down at the ground. 
  • Stay in well lit areas and choose routes where other people will be walking. Walk with a friend whenever possible. 
  • If someone is following you on foot, cross the street and head toward a busy area. If a vehicle is following you, turn around and walk in the opposite direction. 
  • Vary your route while jogging or biking. Exercise with a friend and avoid isolated areas whenever possible. 
  • If you carry a purse, hold it securely between your arm and body. 
  • Do not use an ATM when it is dark outside.
General Safety
  • Don’t overburden yourself with shopping bags. 
  • When in a restaurant, don’t place your purse on the back of a chair. 
  • When shopping, do not place your purse in the child’s seat of the shopping cart. 
  • Direct deposit your paycheck or social security check. 
  • If a robber asks for your wallet/purse, do not hand it to him; toss it away from you. The robber will be more interested in your wallet/purse than you. Run in the other direction. 
  • Carry as little cash as possible. Remove unused credit cards and your social security card.
Vehicle Safety
  • Keep doors locked. 
  • Be aware; look around you; look into your car. 
  • Have a mapping system (e.g. Thomas Guide) inside your car within arm’s reach. Do not rely on internet mapping systems. 
  • Keep your car in good working condition. Always make sure you have enough gas. 
  • Park in a well lit area, close to your destination, and observe your surroundings. 
  • Make a mental note of where you parked. 
  • Walk around your car, looking inside, before you get in. Once inside, immediately lock your doors. 
  • Always have your keys in hand prior to going outside. 
  • Program your cell phone with the non-emergency phone numbers of police departments in cities where you travel.


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