PERSONAL SAFETY CHECK LIST
Fill out the form and then print it for your own records

In The Home
Yes  No

Do you keep doors and windows locked at all times?
Do you have a peephole so that you can see who is outside without having to open the door?
Do you always verify a person's identification before opening your door?
If a stranger ask to use your phone, do you refuse to let them into your home and offer to make the call yourself?
Do you as a woman living alone use your first initials only in telephone directories, on mailboxes, etc?
Do you refuse to reveal personal information to anyone on the phone or at your door?
Do you always have your keys ready when approaching your home?
If you return home to find windows and doors tampered with, would you avoid entering and go to a neighbor's house to call the police?

Telephone Answering
Yes  No

Do you teach family members not to give personal or family information to strangers over the phone?
Do you record only non-specific messages on your answering machine and avoid messages like "we'll be back at 7 o'clock on Sunday?
If you receive an obscene or crank call, would you hang up immediately, saying nothing?

On The Go
Yes  No

Do you plan in advance to use the safest route to your destination?
Do you choose busy, well-lit streets?
Do you avoid routes that pass by high-risk areas, i.e. vacant lots, alleys?
Do you avoid isolated bus stops?
Do you walk facing traffic so you can see approaching cars?
Do you walk near the curb to avoid the element of surprise or someone hiding between shrubs or in a doorway?
Do you stay out of reach if someone in a vehicle stops to ask directions?
Are you wary of approaching strangers?
If you continue to be followed, do you flee to the nearest safe place?
Do you try to get a description of the person and/or vehicle following you?
Do you avoid hitchhiking?
Do you carry large sums of money in your purse or wallet?
Do you carry your purse close to your body, without wrapping the straps around your arm or hand?
Do you avoid leaving a purse unattended, even for a moment?
Do you avoid displaying large amounts of cash in public?

In Your Car
Yes  No

Do you always lock your doors while driving?
Do you keep windows rolled up whenever possible?
Do you avoid picking up hitchhikers?
Do you keep your car in good running order to avoid break downs in dangerous areas?
Do you look for well-lit areas to park your car?
Do you always lock your car when it is parked?
Do you look around the car before you get out, especially at night or in deserted areas such as underground parking lots?
When returning to your car, do you have your keys in hand?
Do you look in the back seat before getting into the car?
If you are being followed, do you avoid going home and go to the nearest place of safety instead?

If you answered "NO" to any of these questions, consider a change in behavior to increase your security.

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