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Students

Report to authorities material you find on the internet that is illegal, obscene, or makes you feel uncomfortable or scared.

Find out as much as possible about a person before going out with them. Let someone know where you are going. Go with a group on a first date.

Never agree to be kidnapped – even if confronted with a gun. Scream and run in a zig-zag pattern. The moment an attacker gets you in a car, your chances of being killed go up 80%.

Only read your email on your computer or those owned by people you trust. To prevent subsequent users from gaining access to your mailbox, use the broswer’s Clear History tool when finished.

Always participate in outdoor activities with a partner. Avoid secluded places and areas that few people frequent. Carry a whistle. If jogging, wear a reflective vest.

Watch your drink being poured and never leave it unattended. If it tastes the least bit odd, don’t take another sip - get rid of it!

If attacked, repulse the assailant any way you can. Urinate, vomit, say you have an STD or AIDS.

Use only ATM machines in well-lighted, high traffic areas. Limit your use to daylight hours. Be aware of places an attacker could hide, such as behind trees or shrubbery. If a suspicious–looking person approaches, terminate your transaction and leave immediately.

Moms

Hire a babysitter with references and CPR or first aid training.

Petition for a School Resource Officer (SRO) if your child’s school doesn’t have one. Take steps for you and your child to get to know the SRO.

Do not put the first or last name of your child on the outside of clothing or backpacks. Strangers will be able to see it, read it, and approach your kids as if they know them.

Teens are more likely to be abducted. Boys are less likely to admit if they have been approached. Teach your kids to be AWARE - and to report ANY suspicious behavior to a trusted adult immediately.

Beware of home improvement frauds: the most frequent are roof repair, painting, driveway sealing and termite inspection. Get references and check them. Pay by check not cash. Make payments in installments as the work proceeds.

Teach your children to find a store clerk if they become separated from you. Tell them that under NO circumstances should they go to the parking lot or the car alone.

Don’t make yourself an easy target in a parking lot. Don’t turn your back to load items in your vehicle. First, LOOK around. Keep looking until you, your kids, and your packages are secured in the vehicle. Once inside, lock the doors!

Active

If you are asked to hand over your purse, throw it away from yourself and run in the opposite direction.

If you think you are being followed, quickly find a well-lighted, crowded area. Do NOT go home lest you lead danger to where you live!

Change all the locks when you move into a new house or apartment.

When entering a hotel room, prop open the door, check closets, under beds and the locks on connecting rooms. Review exit plans for fire and emergencies.

Turn on the TV or radio when leaving your hotel room. Upon exiting, wave goodbye and say “I’ll be back in 20 minutes.”

Give someone you know and trust the make, model and license number of your automobile.

If you are carjacked, consider crashing your car near a busy intersection so bystanders can come to your rescue.

If leaving your keys with a neighbor, don’t label them with your address. Ask the neighbor not to do the same. This will protect you and your home should your keys fall into the wrong hands.

Seniors

Use initials on mail boxes and phone listings - not first names. Write it in a way that suggests more than one person habitats the home.

A broken window, a ripped screen, an opened door - if things don’t look right, don't go through that door! Call the police and have them search the entire dwelling.

Women living alone should display items inside their home that appear to belong to the opposite sex - men's work boots, a necktie or a sports - themed baseball cap.

The outside of your home should suggest more than just you resides there. Put two or more chairs on the front porch - never just one!

Don’t give out any personal information on the phone. Shred all financial documents.Protect your Social Security number at all times.

"Stop, Chain & Check." Be on guard every time the doorbell rings! Put a door chain or door bar on before opening the door and talk through the gap. Ask for identification. You are not being impolite – you are keeping yourself safe!

Beware of Charity Fraud. The elderly fall victim to this crime the most often. Find out the name of the organization and solicitor. Be suspicious of charities that only accept cash and with names similar to that of well-known charities.

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