All of these pepper spray security tips in this section were compiled from the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC).
- Wherever you are stay alert and tuned into your surroundings and always carry a self defense item such as, pepper spray or a personal alert alarm.
- Send the message that you’re calm, confident and know where you are going.
- Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave.
- Know the neighborhoods where you live, check out the locations of police and fire stations, public phones etc.
- Stick to well traveled streets. Avoid shortcuts through wooded areas, parking lots, or alleys.
- Don’t flash money or expensive jewelry.
- Carry a purse close to your body, put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
- Use teller machines in the daytime. Don’t approach the machine if you are uneasy about a person nearby.
- Have your keys in hand before you reach the door.
- If you think someone is following you, switch directions, walk toward an open store or restaurant. If you are scared yell for help.
- Have to work late? Ask someone to walk you to your car like a colleague or security guard.
In your vehicle:
- Keep your car in good running condition. Make sure you have enough gas to get where you are going and back.
- Always roll up the windows and lock car doors, even if you’re coming right back. Check inside and outside before getting in.
- Avoid parking in isolated areas. Be especially alert in underground parking lots.
- Don’t pick up hitchhikers. Don’t hitchhike.
- If you think someone is following you don’t go home. Drive to the nearest police station, fire station, gas station etc.
Walkers and Joggers:
- Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
- Always carry a driver’s license/identification card.
- Don’t wear jewelry or carry cash.
- Wear reflective material.
- Stay alert at all times.
- Run or walk with a partner or a dog.
- Don’t wear headsets.
- Carry a wireless phone.
- Vary your route.
- Walk against traffic so you can observe approaching vehicles.
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