When it comes to preventing crime, common sense is your best weapon.
Don't let a criminal catch you off-guard. Get street-smart. Be prepared. Have a plan.
Follow these basic, police-approved tips to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
If you do become a crime victim, remember that you have important rights.
Don't be fooled by appearances. Treat every stranger as just that -- a stranger.
There's strength in numbers. Walk with a friend, especially at night or when using a cash machine.
Phone Ahead. Tell a friend where you're going and promise to phone when you've arrived safely.
Carry "throw-away" cash. A larger bill wrapped around singles can be thrown to distract a mugger -- while you run away.
Never get into an attacker's car. Kick, scream, whatever it takes, but never get into a car.
Make a scene. Don't be afraid to draw attention to yourself if you're threatened.
Call the Police. Always report crimes and cooperate with the police to help nab your attacker.