Basic City Street Smarts

• Don't leave your valuables unattended, even if it is just for a moment. Purses, book bags, jackets, cellular telephones and laptops all make quick easy targets for thieves.

• Wherever you are - on the street, in an office building or shopping mall, driving, waiting for a bus or subway - stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.

• Send the message by your demeanor that you are calm, confident and know where you're going.

• Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave and call the police immediately.

• Program your cell phone to speed dial 911 and the NUPD emergency number (617) 373-3333.

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