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Michigan City Police Department

1201 E. Michigan Blvd. Michigan City, IN. 46360

PROTECTING YOURSELF!

If at all possible, never walk alone.

 

If you absolutely have to walk alone, walk on well-lighted, well-traveled walkways and plan your route ahead of time.

 

Avoid places where attackers might hide (spaces between parked cars, overgrown shrubs, and dark passageways) and areas where you might get cornered.

 

Remember that it is best to walk facing traffic.

 

If anyone follows you, look confident and let him or her know you are aware of their presence.

 

Don't be polite or engage in conversation.

 

If they continue to follow you, cross the street and/or change directions.

 

If this doesn't work, walk toward other people or occupied buildings and stay away from places where you might get cornered.

 

If someone in a car follows you and is persistent or becomes obscene, call 911.

While Driving

If someone follows you and is persistent or becomes obscene, call 911.

 

If you are trapped in your car, honk your horn in quick short bursts. This will attract people's attention.

 

Make sure that all of the car doors are locked whenever you leave your vehicle.

 

When returning to your car, have your keys ready so you can enter your car quickly and be aware of your surroundings. If you have to look into a purse or a pocket to find them, it takes extra time and you lose sight of what is around you, which could allow someone to sneak up on you.

 

As you approach your car, look underneath to make sure no one is hiding there.

 

Before you enter your car look to see if all of the doors are locked or if there are any uninvited passengers in the back seat or on the floor.

 

If your door locks are not the way you left them or you see someone inside, leave the area as quickly as possible and call 911.

 

Don't pick up hitchhikers!

Working Late

Let someone know where you will be working an when you anticipate returning home.

 

Make sure your family and friends know the work number where you can be reached.

 

Call when you reach your workstation and once again just before leaving to go home.

 

A portable cellular phone is highly recommended. They are effective in emergency situations to give instant access to emergency services (911).

 

Carry a portable, battery-powered high decibel alarm device or a loud whistle.

 

Carry a small pocket flashlight in your purse or on a key ring, and try to park in well lighted areas and walk along lit walkways.

 

Carry your keys and access cards in your hand when you are approaching the appropriate doors, keeping them readily available.

 

Make sure locked doors close and lock behind you.

 

Keep your workstation or office locked after hours.

 

When returning to your vehicle, watch for suspicious persons nearby and have your keys in your hand. Check the interior of your vehicle before getting in.

 

Preventing Thefts from Vehicles

 

Install a vehicle alarm or mechanical lock for the steering wheel or ignition.

 

Always lock the doors and leave the windows rolled up.

 

Always activate any auto alarms or anti-theft devices.

 

Keep books, electronics, and other valuables out of sight. Expensive items in full view invite theft even if the vehicle is locked.

 

Place valuable items in your trunk not the front or back seats.

 

Know the license number, year, make and model of your vehicle.

 

Do not leave money, checkbooks, or credit cards in the vehicle at any time!

 

 

Preventing Bicycle Thefts

 

Keep bicycles locked any time they are unattended with a good "U" type lock. Second choice would be a good casehardened padlock and cable. Be sure the "U" lock or cable goes through the front wheel, rear wheel and the frame, and secure it to a fixed object.

 

Check the lock by pulling on it to make sure it is secure.

 

Use an engraver to place an identifying mark on unpainted major bicycle components.

 

Be sure to retain all evidence of purchase, including the serial number.

 

Be able to identify the bicycle.. not only by its color, but also by its features.

 

Have one or more close up color photographs of the bicycle on hand.

 

Never loan your bicycle or other property to strangers.

 

Try to avoid parking a bicycle in a deserted or poorly lit area.

 

 

Preventing Thefts from Offices

 

 

Don't become complacent. Be aware! Be attentive.

 

Don't showcase your office.

 

Close and lock your office when it is not occupied. It only takes seconds for a thief to notice an unoccupied office, walk in and put something in a book bag.

 

Lock your desk, file cabinet, locker, etc.

 

Don't leave your purse in that last or bottom drawer of your desk (thieves know it's there).

 

Securing Yourself From Purse Snatching

Keep the bag close to your body.

 

Do not hang the bag on the the same shoulder as the purse.

 

Do not wrap it around your wrist. Your wrist is still weak enough that it may be tempting to a snatcher,  If your purse is snatched while around your wrist, you might be injured. Some victims have been thrown down as well as have gotten concussions as well as broken bones.

 

Try not to carry around things beyond what you can manage to lose. Even with the best precautions, if you encounter a thief who is willing to injure you – you should always be prepared to let the bag go if necessary. For example, leave unused charge cards at home.

 

Never leave your purse on a store counter or in a grocery shopping cart unattended. Even for a moment.

 

Shop With a Friend. A general rule for safety in any other context when going out applies here as well. you’re always safer when in the company of someone else.

 

If you must be out at night alone, stay in well-lighted areas. Walk close to street lights, staying well away from dark corners, alleys and building entrances.

Home Safety Information

Never allow people you do not know into your home, such as a door-to-door sales person, a person asking to use the phone or looking for a supposed neighbor.

 

Always keep your doors and windows locked day and night.

 

Never leave your garage door open.

 

Don't have your valuables visible through windows.

 

Keep ladders locked in the garage.  Burglars can use them for access to otherwise inaccessible second story windows.

 

Don't forget when going on vacation to hold or to have someone pick up your mail/newspapers.

 

Don't hide a key outside for visiting friends and relatives.

 

Don't advertise new gifts or purchases.  Break up the cartons before leaving them at the curb.

 

Call the police immediately when you see suspicious persons or activities!

 

Get to know the police officers in your area.

 

If you live in an apartment complex let management know of any problems in the community.

 

Start or join a Neighborhood Watch Program.

Youth Safety Information

Here are some general safety tips for parents to help their children stay safe:

 

Instruct your child on how to contact the Police Department, Fire Department or Ambulance by dialing 911 and how to contact a known family member or responsible trustworthy neighbor or adult should an emergency arise.

 

Check your child's route to and from school. Call attention to any dangerous spots such as vacant lots, alleyways, etc. Advise them what to do if a strange person follows or approaches them.

 

Instruct your child's school to notify you immediately if your child is absent. Inform the principal who is authorized to pick your child up from school. Try to have the same person pick your child up every day when possible.

 

Instruct your child to never take a ride from any strangers even if the person says that they are there to pick them up because their mom or dad sent them.

 

Choose a secret code word to use with your child in case of an emergency. Tell your child never to go with anyone who does not know this code word.

 

Advise your child what to do if they feel lost.  Help them to identify the safest place to go or person to ask for help in reuniting them with you or other caregiver. Examples of safe helpers could be a uniformed law-enforcement or security officer, store salesperson with a name tag, person with a name tag who is working at the information booth.

 

Teach your child to tell you if anyone asks them to keep a secret, offer them gifts or money, or asks to take their picture.

 

Teach your child to always tell you if something happened while they were away from you that made them feel uncomfortable in anyway.

 

 

Especially for Younger Children:

 

 

Teach children their parent's names, phone number, including area code and your full address.

 

Teach your child how to use the telephone to make emergency, local and long distance calls and how to reach the operator.

 

Never allow your child to use a public restroom unattended.

 

Don't "personalize" your child's clothing or accessories with his/her name. Children may respond to a stranger who calls them by name.

 

Teach your child that a stranger is someone that neither you nor they know well.

 

 

Especially for Teens:

 

As you always want to know where your child is, let your child know where you are or will be.

 

Talk to your child.  Listen to your child. Find out what they're thinking, and what they're feeling. Every day, know whom they hang out with, what they do, and where they're going. Not only will it help you influence and keep track of your child, but you also can get to know each other better.

 

Discuss the effects of alcohol and other drug use and why they are especially bad for young people. The more your child knows, the better informed their decisions will be about drug use.

 

Advise your child what to do if there is drinking or drug use occurring at a party and make it easy for your teenager to leave - always have a back-up driver your teen can call for a ride home.

 

Insist that your teen NEVER accept a ride with someone who has been drinking or taking drugs.

 

Insist that your teen NEVER tolerate party activities that include vandalism, theft, sexual intimidation, assault or other illegal activity in addition to drinking or drug use. Encourage your teen to call 9-1-1 if necessary.

 

For additional information please review the following youth safety tips:

 

Child and Family Resource Guide

 

If your child is missing, call 911. Do not wait. Have a recent picture of your child. Know his/her friends and hangouts. Have a good description of your child, including his/her clothing.

Internet Safety Information

Internet safety begins with securing your home/business computer

 

Keep your virus protection software updated regularly.

 

Keep your operation system software updated regularly.

 

Install and run spy ware-monitoring software.

 

Use a firewall program or install a hardware firewall, especially if you have high-speed Internet access which maintains continuous Internet connection.

 

Install or activate a pop-up window blocker.

 

Make regular back-ups of all important information.

 

Enjoy the Internet safely

 

Use a strong password – a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Example: Prevent-Crime-911

 

Change your password frequently, at lease twice a year.

 

Use unique passwords.  Do not use the same password on all accounts.

 

Do not write down your password, remember it.

 

Do not use the links provided in emails to access a webpage.  Type the web address for the company directly into the browser.

 

Be suspicious of any emails with urgent request for personal or financial information.

 

Do not give out your personal information through emails or on-line forms unless you confirm that you are dealing with a legitimately secure site.

 

A secure web address begins with https:// rather than just http://

 

Read website privacy policy prior to submitting information on-line.

 

When submitting information also look for the lock or key icon on the browser's status bar.

 

Do not download files from unknown email addresses.

 

Do not use the unsubscribe link in Spam emails.  This only notifies them that your email address is valid and they do not remove you from their list.

 

To report an Internet crime file a complaint with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov You are leaving the site.

 

Internet Safety for Children

 

Never tell anyone your home address, telephone number or school name without asking a parent, and never share personal information publicly on-line (like in a chat room or newsgroup/message board post).

 

Don't give your password to anyone but your parents-not even your best friend.

 

Never say you'll meet someone in person without asking your parents first.

 

Always tell a parent, librarian or teacher about any threatening or bad language you see on-line.

 

Don't accept things from strangers (e-mails, files, links or URLs).

 

If someone says something that makes you feel unsafe or funny, notify your parents, librarian or teacher and leave the chat room or website.

Mobile Device Theft Prevention Tips

Save the box when you buy your phone – the label has important info in case of theft or write down your serial number and IMEI number by accessing “Settings” and save in case of theft.

 

Download and enable “Find my iPhone” or “Android Device Manager” on your mobile phone or tablet!

 

ALWAYS use a password and secure your device.

 

Know your passwords for iTunes or Google Play so you can access the device remotely.

 

NEVER leave your mobile device in your vehicle, on a counter at a store or bathroom. ALWAYS put it back in your pocket or purse.

 

ALWAYS call 911 as soon as possible after a theft – the faster we can track a device, the greater the likelihood it will be recovered.

 

Make sure an officer responds to your location when you report a device theft.

Fraud Prevention Information