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Safety Tip – Personal

Personal Safety Tips


  • Keep your windows and doors locked at all times.
  • Do not leave a key in your mailbox or under your door mats.
  • Never let a stranger in your home to make a phone call.
  • Do not say you are not home on your answering machine.
  • Never give your social security number, date of birth, or personal information of any kind to people you do not know over the phone or internet
  • If you purchase a new home, have the locks changed.
  • Have your outside lights on a time and/or motion detector.
  • If you are gone for a long period of time, have someone pick up your mail/newspaper or have the service stopped.
  • Have a friend or relative check on your house occasionally.
  • Keep your garage door down and locked even if you are home.
  • Bicycles are items that are stolen frequently. When you and your family are through riding them, make sure they are put away securely.


  • Do not take short cuts or walk in or near any open alleys or deserted streets.
  • Use caution in parking lots: always have your car key out and ready to use.
  • Do not walk in poorly lit areas, doorways, parks or malls.
  • Do not accept rides from strangers.


  • Do not use ATM card at the same time or day of the week.
  • Use ATM machines that are inside of stores where there are people around.
  • Make sure that no one is watching when you enter your PIN number.
  • If you make a withdrawal, put the money away immediately. You can count it when you’re safely in your car.
  • If you are using the ATM at night, have someone with you.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times, but especially at dawn and dusk.
Ed Schapley