8Personal Safety Basic Rules Make sure you tell someone where you are going and when you will be backMake sure that your office and family know your itinerary in detail!Stay in places where you can be seen and heard
9Personal Safety Basic Rules cont. Be aware of your surroundings Watch what is going on around you, including behind youStay alertTrust your instinctsIf a situation makes you feel uncomfortable, leave or get awayAvoid a situation instead of figuring how to get out of one
10Personal Safety On the Street Stand tall, walk with confidence Look like you own the place! Even in unfamiliar surroundingsKnow where you are goingAvoid carrying lots of packagesStay on well-lit streets/areas-Avoid Isolated AreasDress AppropriatelyVary your routeDon’t wear headphonesUse the Buddy System
11Personal Safety Parking Garage / Lot Leave only an ignition key with the valetAvoid parking where you would exit your car next to the sliding door of a vanKnow/remember where you parked!Park under lightsHave your key ready as you approach your car, be aware of your surroundings, and be watchful of others walking in garageCheck the interior of your vehicle before entering
12Personal Safety Going Home Don’t jangle your keys. Leave them in purse, pocket until close to homeLook at home as you approach. Are there doors open, lights on, windows open that look out of place?DO NOT ENTER if something looks wrongWalk away and call police
13Personal Safety In Elevators Don’t get into an empty elevator with a strangerIf you feel uncomfortable for any reason..GET OFFStand near the control panel. If attacked ring the alarm and hit as many floor buttons as possible.You don’t have to be polite!
14Personal Safety If You Are Being Followed: Trust Your Instincts! *Act Suspicious/Turn & Look*Change DirectionsCross the street and head toward peopleIf followed by car, turn around and walk in the opposite direction*Go to a Public Place*Act Outrageous
15Cell Phones Keep it operational Keep it with you Know your location Know appropriateemergency numbers
17If It HappensIf you are physically able and mentally ready, strike back if appropriate.Purse theft vs. sexual assaultRemember that weapons could be taken and used against youPepper spray, knives, etc
18Mace, Pepper Spray (O.C.) Will it work? What is it?
19Mace and O.C. SprayMace and O.C. spray are chemicals that when sprayed on someone produce an extremely irritating reaction.Mace was made first, however not widely used anymore. Effectiveness is limited.O.C. spray very common, and “effective.” Used by police.
20O.C. Oleoresin Capsicum Produces several undesirable effects. Strong burning sensationReaction can cause your eyes to closeReacts with the mucous membranesLong range. Some brands can shoot a burst 21 feet.Effective in many ways
21O.C. considerationAny kind of weapon can be used against you. Knife, gun, keys, Mace, OC SprayNOTHING beats being aTOUGH TARGET
22Any Questions?Call the Naperville Police Department