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Personal Safety & Robbery Prevention Tips

Criminals look for ways to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. You can help to prevent yourself from becoming the victim of a robbery by following these few simple recommendations.

Stay alert! Criminals look for ways to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. Never give them a chance! You can help to prevent yourself from becoming an easy target for a robbery by following these few personal safety recommendations.

  1. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid places or situations that can put you at risk.
  2. Whenever you go out, try to travel with a friend or in a group.
  3. Stick to well lit, well populated, high-traffic areas. Avoid walking in dark alleys, wooded areas, or vacant lots.
  4. Let somebody know when you’re out and when you expect to return.
  5. If you carry a purse, keep it close to your body. Keep your keys, wallet, or money in your front pocket.
  6. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry, clothing, sunglasses, sneakers, purses, etc.
  7. When walking to your car, have your keys in hand. You can hit your car alarm’s panic button if approached.
  8. If you are robbed, cooperate. Assess the situation and weigh your odds. Don’t fight back unless it’s absolutely necessary.
  9. If a robber tells you he’s armed, believe him! Don’t jeopardize your personal safety over a few dollars.
  10. Try to remember a good description of what the suspect looks like and call 911 (Emergency) immediately!

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