Don't let another motorist egg you on into
getting into a confrontation on the road.
If someone is tailgating you, let them pass.
Don't take bad drivers personally.
Avoid eye contact with an obviously
aggressive driver to avoid more trouble.
Don't make obscene gestures. Use your
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Personal safety is everyone’s business! When You Are Walking Avoid parking in isolated areas. Be
No-one wants to ever think that they might Stay on well-traveled streets and well-lit especially alert in lots and underground
become a victim of a crime, but, denying the streets. Avoid taking a shortcut through parking garages. Always park in a well
possibility may sometimes put you at greater wooded areas, parking lots, or dark lighted, heavily traveled area.
risk also. In order to be safe, you have to dangerous alleys to be safe. If you think you are being followed, don't
prepare and prevent. Preparation and Don't flash large amounts of cash or other head home. Drive to the nearest police or
prevention is always better than reaction! It is tempting targets like expensive jewelry or fire station, gas station, or other open
more effective and preferable to prevent a clothing that draws attention. business to get help.
problem from occurring in the first place Carry your purse close to your body, not Don't pick up hitchhikers when you are
rather than having to deal with a problem once dangling by the lengthy straps. Put your driving and only accept rides from people
it occurs. Undeniably, crime is a concern for wallet in an inside coat or front pants you know and trust.
all of us. However, you CAN lessen your risk pocket, not a back pocket. When you're stopped at a light or stop
of becoming a victim! The following Try to use automated teller machines in the sign, leave enough space to pull around the
information, while not all-inclusive, will daytime. Have your card in hand and don't vehicle in front of you. An easy way to
provide valuable suggestions in regard to approach the machine if you're uneasy gauge this is to stop your car so that you
making yourself and your family safer. about suspicious people nearby. can still see the rear tires of the car in front
Nothing is 100% effective. However, well- Have your car or house key in hand before of you touching the pavement. If anyone
learned and utilized safety tips will certainly you reach the door to your home. approaches your vehicle in a threatening
improve your opportunity to…Live Safely! If you think someone is following you, manner, you will have enough room to
switch direction or cross the street. Walk pull out safely and get away.
Safety In General toward an open store, restaurant, or lighted Beware of the "bump and rob." It works
Don't put yourself in a situation or location house, any place where there are people. like this: A car rear ends, or bumps you in
that is known to be less than safe. Although the use of pepper spray is widely traffic. You get out to check the damage
Wherever you are, always stay alert and be advertised as a useful protection device, a and the driver or one of the passengers
aware of your surroundings. Firearms Identification Card is required to jumps into your car and drives off. Look
Don't look like a victim. Walk tall with possess pepper spray in Massachusetts. around before you get out; make sure other
your head up and project an air of Let someone know where you are going cars or around. If you feel uneasy, stay in
confidence as you walk. and when you will return. the car and insist on moving to a busy
Trust your instincts. If something, or place or police station. Call the police right
someone, makes you uncomfortable, avoid When Driving away.
the person or leave the area. Listening to Look under and around your car as you
"your gut instinct" can help you avoid approach and check the interior and back Also When Driving - Road Rage
becoming a victim of a violent crime. seat of your car before entering. Many motorists become victims every day
Know the area you are in. Check out the Always know where you are going and the because of "road rage." Many drivers get
locations of police and fire stations, public best way to get there without having to angry when someone cuts them off or tailgates
telephones, hospitals, and restaurants, or stop and ask strangers for directions. them. A lot of drivers get angry at slow
stores that are open late. Any public place Make sure you have enough gas to get drivers. Violent incidents on the road recorded
where there are other people. where you're going and back. by police have increased more than 50 percent
Don’t do things alone. Take a friend with Always roll up the windows and lock car
over the last five years. The following are
you. It’s true there is safety in numbers doors, even if you're coming right back. some tips to avoid becoming involved in a
and you’ll have more fun with a friend. Check inside and out before getting in.
"road rage" confrontation.