On the street:
- Keep house and car keys separate.
- Have keys ready.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Stay in well-lit areas.
- Walk in the center of sidewalks. Avoid doorways, bushes, and alleys.
- Do not carry excessive cash.
- If attacked:
- Yell loudly
- Use instincts, fight and never give up
In your car:
- Check underneath and inside your car before entering.
- Keep your car in good working order, including gas and all fluid levels up.
- If your car breaks down, turn on flashers, lock your doors and get as far off the road as you can. Call 9-1-1 for police assistance.
- If you are being followed, go to the nearest police or fire station, well-lit gas station or public place – do not go home.
- When driving, place purse of valuables underneath your seats.
- Teen Driver Safety Tips
In parking lots:
- Park under a light at night if you anticipate it will be dark upon return.
- Note where you parked your car for a quick and safe exit.
- Routinely lock all windows and doors.
- Keep entrances well-lit. Use timers for lights, both inside and outside.
- Check identification of repair contractors or sales individuals.
- Never indicate you are home alone.
- Get to know your neighbors.
- Door chains are not sufficient protection. Install a deadbolt or door chain.
- Contact your local police department to inquire about a home security check.
- Children should never approach, accompany, or accept gifts from strangers.
- Teach children to report any suspicious incidents to you.
- Teach children to never hitchhike.
- Know where your children are at all times.
- Develop a habit of children telling you where they are going and when they will return.
- Have children play in groups and avoid secluded or deserted areas.
- Teach children their full name, address, phone number, and how to dial 9-1-1.
- Accompany children to restroom when in public.
- CHILD SAFETY SEATS:
Use child safety seats, booster seats and safety belts correctly. For additional safety seat information, visit these web sites:
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Booster Seats
- Virginia Department of Health
- Virginia Department of Health - Safety Seat Installation Demonstration Video
- Code of Virginia
- Teach children street safety:
- Obey street signs and signals.
- Utilize crosswalks and safe crossing at corners.
- Encourage the use of sidewalks.
- Look both ways before crossing the street.
- Be aware of their surroundings.
- Utilize Parental Controls provided by your Internet Service Provider. Check with your provider directly to determine availability and usage.
- Educate yourself about Internet safety for both children and adults at any of the many online sites such as:
- Office of the Attorney General Computer Crime Section
- Identity Theft at Justice.gov - Information from the U.S. Department of Justice
- FBI Parent Guide - The Federal Bureau of Investigation's "A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety"
- MissingKids.com - A good resource for Internet safety as well as child molestation prevention, etc.
- NetSmartz.org - Provided by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
- Be constantly wary of online scams, identity theft, personal information scams known as "phishing," spyware, and hoaxes*. Trustworthy sites such as those below provide a wealth of information:
- ScamBusters.org - Scams, phishing, identity theft, and much more.
- Symantec.com - Internet Hoax information.
- FTC Identity Theft - Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft information.
- Wireless Security
- Suggestions on Securing Your Wireless Connection - Publication by VSP, BCI, High Tech Crimes Unit
*Hoaxes may appear relatively harmless but the cost and risk associated is multiplied by millions of individuals propagating hoax e-mail. Costs involve wasted time and e-mail server processing resources, which may slow down to a crawl or crash under the heavy load. Spammers (bulk mailers of unsolicited mail) harvest e-mail addresses from hoaxes and chain letters.