600 East Walnut
Columbia, MO 65201-4491
PROTECT YOURSELF AT HOME:
- Install deadbolt locks. Chain locks will not stop a person who is determined to enter your home.
- Keep doors and windows locked.
- Have a wide-angle peephole.
- Use a “Charlie bar” in sliding glass doors
- Trim trees and shrubs that can conceal or shadow doors and windows.
- Keep landscaping open and short enough to offer no hiding places.
- Make sure you have adequate outdoor lighting.
- Do not leave lawn equipment, tools, or ladders outside. Lock them in your garage or storage shed when not in use.
- If you are a woman who lives alone, list only your first and middle initial in phone books and on your mailbox.
- Make sure your answering machine does not indicate you are a woman who lives alone.
- Never tell anyone at the door, on the phone, or on the internet that you are home alone.
- If you live in an apartment building, beware of empty o dark laundry and storage rooms and stairwells.
- Never attach an ID tag to your keychain.
- Ask for identification of all service repair personnel.
- Make sure all entrances, parking area, hallways, stairways, laundry rooms and other common areas are well lit.
- Check to make sure fire stairs have an emergency exit at ground level and that they are not accessible from the outside.
- Ask your building supervisor about safeguarding pass keys to your apartment.
- Stay near the emergency button while riding on an elevator.
- If you suspect someone is in your home when you return, get out quickly and quietly and find a telephone to call your local law enforcement.
50% OF ALL SEXUAL ASSAULTS OCCUR IN THE VICTIM’S OWN HOME.
- Choose an ATM that is in a protected area, visible from the street, and has working video cameras.
- Never use an ATM at night.
- If you have any suspicions of someone nearby, leave immediately.
BE WARY OF ANYONE WHO CROWDS YOU OR OFFERS TO HELP YOU.
- Look assertive, confident, and be aware of your surroundings.
- Keep your keys accessible.
- Wear comfortable clothes for added safety and defense.
- Confront someone you think is following you. The greatest advantage is the element of surprise which will deter most assailants.
- Avoid walking alone, especially at night.
- Stay in well-lighted areas away from alleys, bushes, and entryways.
- If a driver stops to ask you a question, stand at least two and half arm lengths away from the vehicle, facing the opposite direction that the car is traveling.
- If you are harassed or followed by someone in a car, turn, and walk the other way. To follow you, the car will have to turn around. Memorize the license plate number and report it to the law enforcement department
- If you are followed by someone on foot or in a car, cross the street, change directions, and go to a lighted home or public area to call the law enforcement department. DO NOT GO HOME.
- Trust your intuition or your sixth sense.
- Keep your tank full of gas. Refill when the gas gauge shows less than half a tank.
- Have the keys ready to open your car when you walk toward it. Lock the doors every time you enter or exit the car.
- Park in area that will be well-lighted when you return. Park as close as possible to your destination and walk to your car with others. Check the back seat of your car before entering.
- Never leave windows open even slightly. They can allow someone to get into your car.
- If you must leave your car with a parking attendant, leave only your ignition key. Leaving your house key only gives someone time to make a copy.
- Never hide a spare set of keys on your car.
- Avoid items or people lying in the road or flagging for help. Drive to the nearest phone and call the law enforcement department to help them.
- Never pick up hitchhikes, regardless of sex, and never ever hitchhike yourself.
- If you break down, stay in your car and put a sign in your window to call local law enforcement for help. Carry a cellphone for emergencies.
- Never let anyone inside after hours. Make sure cleaning people identify themselves.
- If someone needs to use the phone, place the call for them.
- Lock outer office doors before and after business hours.
- Arrange for an escort to and from your car when possible.
8% OF SEXUAL ASSAULTS OCCUR IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS