The key to personal safety is being aware of
places or situations that put you at risk.
Get to know your neighbours. Make arrangements to keep an eye
on each other's homes when away.
Draw drapes or close blinds after dark.
Ensure that your outside doors and door frames are sturdy. This
includes entry doors in attached garages.
Install security-rated locks (i.e. deadbolts rather than
bathroom door locks) on main doors and windows.
Install a 180-degree peephole in your door. Identify visitors
before opening your door and do not open your door to
If a stranger asks to use your phone, offer to make the call
List only your initials and last name on your mailbox or in the
phone book. Do not list your first name or indicate Mr., Mrs., Ms.
Never give personal information to telephone solicitors or
wrong number callers.
Have emergency telephone numbers on or near your phone.
Make sure that all entrances are well lit. Install a light
Have your keys ready as you approach the door. Do not hide
spare keys outside the home.
Be aware of your surroundings and evaluate your situation so
you can make decisions about your safety. Stay alert in laundry
rooms, parking garages, elevators and avoid dark or secluded
Be aware of what security measures a website is using to
protect your personal information when requested over the
In your vehicle
Keep your vehicle locked when you are driving or when its
Have your keys ready when approaching your parked car. Do a
check of the inside of your car before entering.
If you are being followed, drive to a police station or a busy
public are such as a 24-hr convenience store or gas station. Try to
note the licence plate number and make of the car.
Park in well lit areas. Be observant so you can assess your
surroundings and safety, especially in parking garages.
Do not leave car registration and insurance documents in your
vehicle. They show your address and other personal
Keep your garage door opener out of sight until you need it.
Thieves can use it to get into your home.
Do not hide spare keys under the hood, the bumpers or anywhere
else on the car.
Have regular vehicle tune-ups to keep your vehicle in good
If your vehicle breaks down, raise the hood and switch on the
hazard lights. Stay inside with the windows up and keep the doors
locked. If somebody offers help, assess your situation to see if it
is safe to accept assistance. Is the helper another motorist with a
family or a lone driver? If you feel unsafe, ask the helper to call
If possible, carry a cell phone with you.
You can help stranded motorists by phoning for assistance.
In your community
Be assertive when walking. Attackers see victims who appear
initimidated or vulnerable.
Plan your route ahead of time before going for a walk and let
others know where you are going.
Walk with a companion if you feel that being alone may put you
at risk. Observe your surroundings. If you are hesitant about
rounding a corner or walking down a certain street, follow your
Stay on busier, well-lit streets. Avoid dark or concealed areas
and never assume parked cars are empty.
Do not overload yourself with parcels. These may block your
view or reduce your mobility.
If you are followed, quickly assess your options. Can you run
or change directions? Are there people nearby, a house or an open
business to run to? is there a well-lit area to move towards?