How to Protect Yourself When Traveling
Safety On Public Transportation
- While waiting for a bus or streetcar, stand near others who are also waiting.
- If the immediate area is deserted or in darkness, stand near an occupied building or in a lighted area until transportation arrives.
- Once on a bus or streetcar, be aware of those around you. If someone looks or acts suspicious, notify the driver.
- If the coach is empty or nearly empty, sit as far up front and as close to the driver as possible.
- If someone begins to bother you, get up and notify the driver immediately.
- Upon arriving at your stop, be aware of those who alight with you. If you feel you are being followed, go to the nearest occupied building and ask for assistance.
- After dark, attempt to get off the bus in well-lighted areas. Use only well-lighted streets to reach your final destination.
- Make certain your car is always in good working order, with safe tires and an adequate amount of gasoline for your planned trip.
- Always check your car before getting in - to make sure that no one is hiding inside.
- If you have a garage, be sure you lock the door as you leave.
- It is best to park in attended lots. If you must leave a key with the attendant, leave only the ignition key. In all other cases, lock your car.
- Do not leave packages or personal items in open view in the car...Place Them in the trunk.
- At night, park only in lighted areas.
- If you are in danger of being harmed or robbed, while in your car, start sounding your horn until assistance arrives.
- Never pick up a hitchhiker.
- If you have a flat tire in an area you feel might not be safe, try to keep driving until you reach a safe location.
- If you feel you are being followed, drive to the nearest police or fire station, or open filling station.
- Observe elevator interior before entering. Wait until the next elevator if you are uncertain of any occupant.
- Females riding the elevator alone should always stand near the control panel. If accosted, press all buttons.
- If a suspicious person enters the elevator, exit before the door closes.
- Before exiting from the elevator, observe the corridor for suspicious activity.