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."
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
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.