When combined with everyday common sense, the following crime prevention pointers from the Halton Regional Police Service can help make personal crime proofing a way of life:
Inform others when and where you are going and check in with them when you reach your destination
Walk with a purpose. Be alert and attentive of your surroundings at all times.
Be careful where you walk. Avoid lonely or unlit streets and shortcuts through parks and/or vacant lots. Walk on the curb side, away from alleys and doorways.
If you suspect you are being followed, cross the street, go to the nearest house or store and call the police. Scream if necessary.
When taking public transit alone, avoid waiting or getting off at isolated stations/stops. Arrange for a family member or friend to escort you to and from the station.
It is dangerous to hitchhike and to involve yourself with strangers who are hitching a ride. Once trapped inside a car, it is difficult to call for assistance.
- Exercise caution when conversing with people you have just met. Avoid giving your name, address and/or place of employment.
- It is risky to accept a ride home and/or invitation for a night cap from someone you have just met
Tips for streetproofing children are available in PDF format. Click here.