Tips and reminders from Boston Police via NEWNC Public Safety Chair, David Marx.
As the warmer weather approaches and the days get longer we’d like to provide you with some useful information so that you are not the target of a crime.
• Be alert of your surroundings and the people around you.
• Avoid walking alone and trust your instincts. Cross the street to avoid groups loitering or hanging out.
• Do not talk on a cell phone or wear headphones while listening to an Ipod, CD player or radio while traveling. This activity significantly decreases your ability to pay attention to your surroundings and makes you a target for criminals.
• Do Not Text or Read Any Texts while walking.
• Stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible.
• Walk close to the curb. Avoid doorways, bushes and alleys where someone could hide.
• Avoid taking shortcuts through deserted areas such as parks, playgrounds and vacant lots.
• Walk confidently, with a purpose and at a steady pace.
• Pay attention to your present location and always know where you are.
• Do not respond to conversation from strangers on the street. Continue walking.
• Make eye contact with people when walking. Without staring, make a mental note of the description of suspicious individuals.
• If you carry a purse hold it securely between your arm and body; if possible, leave it at home.
• Keep your house or car keys ready. Have them ready before approaching your house or car.
• If confronted, try to remain calm. A criminal will be less likely to attack you if you appear controlled and self-confident.
• If a criminal states he has a weapon, don’t challenge him/her, do not resist – cooperate.
• Never try to apprehend the criminal.
Avoid potentially dangerous situations. If you feel threatened or are followed cross the street. Trust your instincts. Do not allow a stranger to follow you to your doorstep. Go to a public place; enter a store, MBTA station, or place of business where you can call the police.
Always call 9-1-1 first. Provide them with your location, reason for calling and give a description of any suspect or suspects.