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Personal Safety

  • Always have your keys out and ready before leaving a building to approach your vehicle. Searching through a purse or briefcase after you've reached your car provides criminals an excellent opportunity to sneak up on you.
  • Be especially alert when leaving stores or shopping malls for your vehicle. This is a time when criminals know you are carrying cash, checkbooks, credit cards, or other valuables.
  • Look around and inside your vehicle before you get in. If you are concerned for any reason, simply walk past your car and call for help.
  • Lock your door immediately upon entering the vehicle. Make this your first action - even before you put the key in the ignition. And lock your door every time you get into your car - even if you are going for only a short ride.
  • Check your surroundings before getting out of your car. If something or someone strikes you as out of place or threatening, drive away. If it's dark, go to a well-lighted, heavily traveled area.
  • Use a two-piece key ring with you.


What to Do if It Happens to You

  • If the carjacker threatens you with a gun or other weapon, GIVE UP YOUR CAR! Don’t argue. Your life is definitely worth more than a car!
  • Get away from the area as quickly as possible.
  • Try to remember what the carjacker looked like - sex, race, age, hair and eye color, special features, clothes.



Home Safety


Check Your Locks


  • Make sure every external door has a strong, well-installed dead bolt lock. Key-in-the-knob locks alone are not enough.
  • Sliding glass doors offer easy access if they are not properly secured. You can secure them by putting a broomstick or dowel in the inside track to jam the door or by installing commercially available locks. To prevent the door being lifted off of the track, drill a hole through the sliding door frame and the fixed frame. Then insert a pin in the hole.
  • Lock double-hung windows with key locks or "pin" your windows by drilling a small hole at a 45 degree angle between the inner and outer frames, then insert a nail that can be removed. You should secure basement windows with grilles or grates (but make sure that they can be opened from the inside in case of fire).
  • Never hide keys around the outside of your home. Instead, give an extra key to a neighbor you trust.
  • When you move into a new house or apartment, re-key the locks.