Safety Checklist: boost your safety IQ

This list was designed to get you thinking and acting safely. Our goal is not to scare you but rather to empower you to be aware. Be proactive about safety. Make small lifestyle changes that will become habits and help keep you safe. Live. Safely.

At Home

  • Before you head out the door, always set your alarm and make sure your door is properly shut and locked.
  • Try not to let people ‘draft’ in after you while you enter your apartment building; make sure only residents are coming in by asking them to use their own key.
  • Don’t leave a copy of your house key tucked under doormats, in potted plants or in mailboxes. Burglars regularly check these ‘hiding’ places. Rather, ask a trusted family member or friend to keep a copy for you.
  • If you have roommates, make sure everyone understands the importance of home security. It only takes one person to make you all vulnerable.
  • Protect small valuables such as jewelry, cash and passports by storing them in a home safe. Unique hiding places such as freezers, dresser drawers and flour bins are known to burglars.
  • As much as possible, keep your valuables such as high-end electronics away from windows where they might attract unwanted attention.
  • Check out the locations of police and fire stations, hospitals or stores that are open late. Have your home or car keys out and ready before you reach the door.
  • If you plan to be away from home for more than a couple of days, hold your mail and paper delivery. Piled up mail and newspapers are a red flag that no one is home.

Out and About

  • Try not to use ATM machines at night. Have your card ready but walk away if the people around you make you nervous.
  • Stick to well lit and well traveled streets. Avoid shortcuts through alleys, back streets, parking lots, or wooded areas.
  • Working late? Make sure someone knows you’re working late and try to get someone to walk you to your car, transit stop or to your house.
  • When riding the bus or the subway, stay alert to your surroundings and those around you.
  • Speak up if someone is bothering or harassing you. A loud “Go Away!” can go a long way to scare someone off or bring help.
  • When getting off a bus or subway stop, watch who gets off with you and if you feel that someone is following you duck into the closest shop or restaurant.
  • If someone does attempt to rob you, don’t resist. Your person is more important than your property. Give them what they ask for and then file a report with the police.

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