Personal Safety Tips

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  • Don’t leave your valuables unattended
  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings
  • Know where you’re going.
  • Trust your instincts. If 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
  • Know the neighborhoods where you live and work.
  • Stick to well-traveled streets.
  • Don’t flash large amounts of cash in public
  • Carry a purse close to your body.
  • If someone tries to rob you, don’t resist. Give up your 
  • Be aware of your surroundings when using an ATM.
  • Have your car, apartment or residence key in hand before 
you reach the door.
  • If you think someone is following you, do not hesitate to yell for help or call the police emergency number.
  • Use well-lighted, busy stops. Stay alert.
  • If someone harasses you loudly say “leave me alone!”
  • Plan to wait for trains in well populated areas.
  • Hold purses, bags, backpacks, wallets in front of you.
  • Keep your car in good running condition.
  • Always roll up the windows and lock car doors.
  • Avoid parking in isolated areas or underground parking garages.
  • If you think someone is following you, call the police or drive to the nearest police or fire station
  • Don’t pick up hitchhikers.
    • Check your locks and doors to ensure proper operation.
    • Do not leave accessible windows or doors unlocked.
    • Most residential burglaries happen during the day-time.
    • When not home, leave a light or a radio on.
    • Prune back shrubbery so it doesn’t hide doors or windows.
    • When not home leave shades, blinds, and curtains open.
    • Don’t let mail pile up.
    • Make a list of your valuables.
    • If something looks questionable (i.e. a slit screen), don’t go in. CALL the police from a safe location.
    • House alarms can be a good investment to protect your property
  • Shop online only with companies you know.
  • Use a secure browser that will encrypt or scramble purchase information.
  • Never give anyone your bank account number, Social Security number or other personal information.
  • Never give out your internet password.
  • When using social networking sites never post personal identification information or photographs that could be used for identity theft.

Disclaimer: these recommendations are intended to reduce the risk of victimization and are not guaranteed to prevent all incidents.