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.
- 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.
Additional Tips for Protecting Yourself
- 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.