Protect Yourself
Sheriff Fontoura Offers Advice on How to Protect Yourself

Many crimes can be prevented if you follow the tips below.

Trust your instincts.

  • If you suspect something is wrong, or if a situation seems dangerous, you may be right!
  • Don't dismiss suspicious people, cars or situations. Report them immediately.
  • Change direction if someone is following you on foot; cross the street and vary your pace. If the person is in a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction.

Avoid dangerous situations.

  • Don't invite trouble. Use your best judgment about where you go and what you do.

Be safe on the streets.

  • Dress appropriately. Avoid flashy cloths and jewelry that might attract unwanted attention.
  • Walk with someone when possible.
  • Stay alert to what's around you.
  • Go to a public place if you need to ask directions.
  • Walk in well traveled areas; avoid isolated areas, parks and parking lots.
  • Avoid short cuts that may expose you to danger.
  • Protect your valuables.
  • Carry only what you need.
  • If you carry a purse, hold it close to your body.
  • At bus stops, wait in well-lit areas near others.

Be safe in your car.

  • Keep doors locked and windows rolled up in traffic.
  • Always lock your car.
  • When parking, park in well-lit areas.
  • Keep valuables out of sight in the trunk.
  • Have your keys in hand and ready when you approach your car.
  • Before getting into your car, check the back seat.
  • If you have car trouble, raise the hood and put on emergency flashers.
  • Stay inside of the vehicle with the windows up; ask anyone that stops to call the police or nearest service station.
  • Never pickup strangers

Be safe when traveling.

  • Leave valuables in a safe at the desk.
  • Always keep your room key with you.
  • Double lock the door when you're inside.
  • Tell room clerks not to give out your room number.
  • Never give out your room number to strangers.