Being Safe At Home
Tips for Being Safe at Home
Replace or re-key locks when you move into a new home or apartment. Install a door viewer and a one inch deadbolt lock and use them. Look before opening your door to anyone. Keep doors locked at all times and instruct children to never open your door to anyone.
Additional Tips for Protecting Yourself
- Secure Your Car and Home: Keep a large flashlight, a map of the city you are in, and $5-$10 cash in your car for emergencies.
- Avoid Unsafe Situations and Strangers: If you are being followed, go to the nearest police or fire department, or any place where several people will be.
- Flee If You Are In A Potentially Dangerous Situation: Yell or scream to attract attention. Carry a whistle that will make a loud noise.
- Engage In Passive or Active Resistance:
- Passive resistance is to think and talk your way out of a situation.
- Active resistance is to react immediately to startle your attacker. Use any available item (hairspray, keys, purse) as a weapon.
- Think!: Keep using your mind to think of alternative actions for escape.
- You Are Responsible For Your Own Safety: Call the Police Department at 770-641-4100 or rape crisis center and schedule for a Roswell Police Officer to speak to your employees or neighbors.
- Don't let strangers inside your home to use the phone; make the call for them.
- Never admit that you or a neighbor is home alone.
- Women living alone should use only initials on mailboxes and in telephone listings.
- Leave outside lights on at night, and keep lights on in more than one room.