Personal Safety

  • Always be aware of your surroundings before using an ATM.
  • Don't carry large amounts of cash.
  • Don't pick up hitchhikers.
  • If someone on foot harasses you while you are driving, honk your horn in short blasts and drive away. If you are being followed by another car, honk your horn and pull into a police station or other well lighted place.
  • If you get Social Security or other retirement payments, have them deposited directly into your bank account.
  • If you have car trouble, turn on your emergency flasher, but wait inside with the doors locked.
  • If you use a bus regularly, use a schedule to minimize the length of time you have to wait, perhaps alone, at the stop.
  • Keep valuables out of sight.
  • Keep your car locked at all times.
  • Never go home while being followed.
  • Pay bills through the bank or use a checking account for bills and large purchases in order to minimize the need to carry cash.
  • There is safety in numbers, always travel with at least one other person.
  • When returning to your parked vehicle, have your key ready to unlock the door. Look inside before you get in to make sure someone isn't waiting inside.