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Personal Safety

At home
  • Your door should be equipped with a door viewer and deadbolt lock, with a one-inch throw, and locked at all times.
  • All entrances and garages should be well-lit.
  • Never remain alone in an apartment laundry room, mailroom, or parking garage.
  • Do not put your first name on your mailbox or in the telephone book.
  • If a stranger requests use of your phone, do not allow the person to enter. Offer to make the call yourself.
  • Should you return home to find windows and doors tampered with, DO NOT ENTER!
  • Go to a neighbour and call the police.
On the street
  • Plan your route and avoid short cuts through parks, vacant lots or unlit areas. Walk in well-lit areas.
  • Do not overburden yourself with packages and a bulky purse.
  • Walk near the curb and away from alleys and doorways.
  • If you suspect you are being followed, cross the street; go to the nearest home, service station or open business premises and call the police.
In your car
  • Always lock your car when entering and leaving it.
  • View interior of vehicle before entering to assure no one is hiding inside, even if the doors were locked.
  • Have your keys in hand so you do not have to linger before entering your car.
  • Travel on well-lit streets and keep your purse out of sight.
  • If you have car trouble in a dark area, raise the hood of the car, lock yourself in, and wait for the police to arrive. If a stranger offers to help, do not get out of your car.
  • Ask the person to call for assistance.
  • Do not stop to offer help to a stranded motorist. Stop at the next phone booth and call for assistance.
Public transportation
  • Try to avoid isolated bus stops.
  • Sit near other women or near the driver.
  • If someone bothers you, tell the driver immediately.

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