Personal Safety Tips

For Adults

  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Know who is in front of and behind you.
  • Walk in groups or ask for someone to walk you to your vehicle at night.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave.
  • Remember, your common sense is your best weapon.

For Children

  • Outline what your child should do if they become separated from you. If separated while shopping, the child should not look for you but go immediately to the nearest checkout counter and ask a clerk for assistance. Tell them never to go to the parking lot.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
  • Advise your child to walk and play with other children if you are not around.
  • Be sure your child's school or daycare center will not release them to anyone but you or someone designated by you. Set a code word with your child to be used as a signal if you send an unfamiliar adult to pick them up.
  • Tell your child that no one has the right to touch them or make them feel uncomfortable or ask them to keep a secret from you.
  • Report to the police any incident where a stranger tries to join in children's play, offers your child money or gifts, asks your child to go any place with him or her, or tries to talk to or touch your child.