Personal Safety Tips
When combined with everyday common sense, the following crime prevention pointers from the Halton Regional Police Service can help make personal crime proofing a way of life:
- Trust your instincts. If your sixth sense tells you to be wary, pay attention.
- Remember to report any crimes or serious activities you experience and/or witness
- Inform others when and where you are going and check in with them when you reach your destination
- Walk with a purpose. Be alert and attentive of your surroundings at all times.
- Be careful where you walk. Avoid lonely or unlit streets and shortcuts through parks and/or vacant lots. Walk on the curb side, away from alleys and doorways.
- If you suspect you are being followed, cross the street, go to the nearest house or store and call the police. Scream if necessary.
- When taking public transit alone, avoid waiting or getting off at isolated stations/stops. Arrange for a family member or friend to escort you to and from the station.
- It is dangerous to hitchhike and to involve yourself with strangers who are hitching a ride. Once trapped inside a car, it is difficult to call for assistance.
- If you live alone, use first initials only on mail boxes, apartment directories or in the telephone directory
- Entrances and garages should be well lit
- Don't let strangers into your house. Insist on proper identification from service personnel. If someone asks to use your phone, offer to make the call for them instead.
- If you feel menaced in a one-on-one situation, act at once, even if it means leaving your home
- Never admit on the telephone or at your door that your are alone
- Never stay alone in apartment laundry rooms, mail rooms or garages
- If you return home to find that your windows and/or doors have been tampered with, DO NOT ENTER OR CALL OUT. Go to a neighbour's home and call the police
- Exercise caution when conversing with people you have just met. Avoid giving your name, address and/or place of employment.
- It is risky to accept a ride home and/or invitation for a night cap from someone you have just met
Tips for streetproofing children are available in PDF format.