Personal Safety

Telephone Safety

  • Do not give personal information to callers.
  • Do not leave personal information on an answering machine.
  • If called by a person who says they are with a business, ask the caller for the business telephone number, so that you can return the call. Then, check the number to ensure that it corresponds to the caller's information.
  • If you do wish to conduct business with a telephone solicitor, ask that they mail you information so you can make a more informed decision. If they refuse or pressure you, hang up.
  • Report nuisance callers to your telephone company; or if obscene or threatening notify the police department.
  • To avoid telephone solicitation to the extent possible, sign up for the "National Do-Not Call List."

Valuable Items

  • Close blinds/drapes at night
  • Conduct a personal property inventory and record an ID number on the items
  • Do not keep large amounts of cash at home or on your person
  • Do not open door to strangers
  • Install and use a peephole
  • Keep doors and windows locked
  • Utilize direct deposit option, if available

Individual Safety

  • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid secluded areas.
  • Do similar functions in a group (shopping, laundry, walking).
  • Have drivers wait until you're inside to drive off.
  • If apprehensive about any location (parking lot, ATM) for any reason, leave.
  • Present an alert appearance.
  • Use a buddy system.
  • Use drive-up ATMs instead of walk-ups. When possible use them during the day. Protect you PIN.