Personal Safety: Safety on the Street

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” February 2018 provided personal safety tips. This blog, the second of our series, presents safety on the street.

“SAFETY ON THE STREET”

  • Before you leave home decide what you actually need to take with you rather than automatically taking your entire handbag or wallet out of habit.  For example, if you are going to the grocery store for a few items, you can carry cash, a single check, or credit/debit card, I.D. and keys in a pocket.
  • Wear clothing and shoes that are comfortable, low profile and appropriate for the weather.  This may not be the most fashionable choice but it is the safest.
  • Always plan your route and stay alert to your surroundings.  Avoid shortcuts. Walk confidently.  Scan your surroundings and make eye contact with people.
  • If you must carry valuables like important papers, jewelry, cash etc., chose to wear clothes with inside pockets or use a small bag with a long thin strap to be worn under your coat or clothes.
  • Never carry a wallet in back pocket of pants or jacket or sweater pocket. All cash should be carried in front pockets of pants.
  • Carry your keys and ID separately.  If someone gets your keys and ID, they may go to your home or business and access that location with the keys.
  • If you must make a large, cash purchase, plan ahead and take a companion along.  There really is safety in numbers.  If you do not drive or cannot get a ride use a taxi rather than a bus to minimize waiting time.
  • If you use bank machines (ATM’s) choose one located in a well-lit, busy spot like inside a grocery store.  Put your card and cash away before leaving the machine.
  • Do not display large sums of cash and do not carry any more cash than is necessary.  Use checks where possible.  Most stores accept checks, check cards and debit cards as well.
  • Never leave your purse unattended, even if it is in a shopping cart.
  • Carry your purse very close to you preferable with the strap over your shoulder and the purse to the front of your body.  Do not dangle it from your arm.
  • Avoid walking alone at night.  As much as possible, walk or travel with a friend, even during the daytime.”

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