On August 2nd, the North End community celebrated National Night Out. The event is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. In honor of the day, here are some street safety tips to keep in mind when you are out and about:
- When leaving home, be sure that all windows and doors are locked.
- Walk purposefully, head up and eyes forward.
- If you are being followed, turn and walk in the opposite direction. Go to a well lit, populated area.
- If someone or something makes you uneasy, trust your instincts and leave the area.
- When outside, never walk alone at night.
- Walk in well lighted and traveled streets. Avoid dark areas.
- Consider carrying a whistle to use in case of an emergency.
- Keys can be used for protection.
- Keep cell phone on and handy.
- Carry purse close to your body; not by the straps.
- Keep your wallet inside your coat or in front pants pocket.
- When taking public transportation, sit near the driver or the door.
- When waiting for the bus or train, stand near other people in a well-lit area.
- Have your money or pass ready. Don’t open purse or wallet on the bus or train.
- When driving your car, keep doors and windows locked.
- Park near the entrance.
- Report crimes or suspicious activity to police.
- When returning home, have keys ready to open your door.
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