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Community: Personal Safety & Theft Prevention Tips

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Monday February 10, 2014, 1:07 PM

LAPD - Van Nuys

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Community: Personal Safety & Theft Prevention Tips
Hi Bel-Air Association,
Practicing good personal safety habits is the best way to protect yourself in any environment. These tips are designed to help you build these skills.

Theft Prevention

Keep valuables out of sight; including purses and wallets, cell phones, electronics and jewelry, and never leave your valuables unattended.

Do not carry more than you need. Leave unnecessary valuable items securely in your residence. Carry only the minimum amount of money or credit cards you will need for the day.

Wait til you arrive at your location to make cell phone calls. However, if you must talk on your cell phone while traveling, use headphones or a handsfree device to that you can keep your phone secure and out of sight.

Personal Safety

Avoid isolated areas—underground garages, alleys, parking lots, and offices after business hours.
Walk with a group, especially at night.
If you feel like you are being followed, move as fast as possible towards the nearest lighted and populated building. You can also cross the street in the middle of the road or flag down a passing car for assistance.
Keep a firm grip on your purse or backpack. Keep the bag zipped closed, and carry it under your arm and near the front of your body.
Carry your wallet inside your coat or in your front pants pocket.
Maintain a safe distance from strangers, even if they just ask for directions.
Be aware of your surroundings when using ATM’s. If you see anyone or anything suspicious, cancel your transaction. If you must use an ATM after hours, use one in a well lit area where you feel safe.

safety tips from GW Police Department
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