Reducing Risk of Violent Crime
- Use initials instead of first names on mail boxes and phone listings.
- Avoid remaining alone in an apartment laundry room or parking garage.
- Never admit on the telephone or at the door that you are alone.
- It is risky to accept a ride home from someone you have just met.
- 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.
- If you have been a victim of sexual assault, call police immediately. Do not bathe or change clothes, or you may destroy valuable evidence.
Avoid carrying valuable items or large amounts of money. Always think ahead. For example, when traveling at night, have your keys ready to enter the house or to start the car. If a robber confronts you, the best advice is to cooperate. If you resist, there is a greater chance that you may be hurt.
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. 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. If possible, use ATM machines located in well-populated grocery stores or gas stations to reduce your risk of becoming a victim.