Crime: It's All Around You
Crime doesn’t have to occur. You don’t have to let crime happen to your friends, your family, or you. Young people are one of the most important groups in making your neighborhoods and schools safer. The time to begin is now, before you, your family, and your friends suffer an injury or a loss because of crime.
Crime prevention is easier than you think. It just means making it harder for crimes to happen. It means making things tougher for criminals and safer for you, your family, and any organization you may belong to. It will take you, your parents, and your law enforcement agencies to turn crime away. Crime prevention means watching out and helping out.
Safety Tips For Your Parents and Children
Instruct your children on the following safety tips:
- Don’t walk alone if you can help it. Most violent crimes are directed against a lone victim. Using the Buddy System will help prevent some crimes.
- Avoid walking in risky areas such as deserted streets, wooded areas, and dark alleys or parking lots.
- Walk near the curb, on lighted streets at night, and against the traffic. Travel known routes.
- Never hitchhike! People who pick up hitchhikers often have ideas other than wanting to help you.
- Always let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll return. Call if you will be late. If something should happen to you, you will know that someone is waiting and will call for help when you don’t show up.
- Don’t leave your child unattended in a vehicle.
- Always supervise child on playground or in public places such as department stores.
- Teach your child how to dial 911 for emergencies. Also, teach them their home phone number.
- If someone in a car or on foot confronts you while you’re out walking, turn and run to a home or business and ask for help.
- Teach your child to yell for help if someone tries to abduct them.
- If you are attacked by an armed criminal, do not fight back. Your life and safety comes first. Try to keep calm so that you can accurately describe the criminals appearance or vehicle.
- Parents: Report all crimes right away to your police or sheriff’s department.
Home Safe Home
- Avoid having service people come to your home when your children are there alone.
- Teach children never to open the door to strangers.
- Teach children how to answer the phone.
- Make sure children know your work number and how to dial 911 for emergencies.
Baby-Sitting Is More Than Watching T.V.
You should always instruct baby-sitters on these points before you leave your children with them.
- Leave a number where you can be reached in the event of an emergency.
- Advise them to never to let strangers into the house.
- Don’t invite friends to visit. Don’t tie up the phone.
- Instruct the baby-sitter not to hesitate to call the police if they are frightened by suspicious noises or actions.