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Presentation given by Constable Rolanda McAvoy at 2009 Saskatchewan Libraries Conference

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Empowering Oneself With Personal Safety Education 2009 Empowering Oneself With Personal Safety Education 2009 Presentation Transcript

  • Empowering Oneself With Personal Safety Education!! Tips on Home, Vehicle and Personal Security Cst. Rolanda McAvoy Saskatoon Police Service Ph# 975-2265 rolanda.mcavoy@police.saskatoon.sk.ca
  • HOME SECURITY
  • Motion Lights at the front and back   Install ones that can not be easily broken or tampered with  Light up to the edges of your property only
  • Place a short fence around the front of  your property  Have a 6’ fence at the back and sides of property  Keep all trees, shrubs and hedges trimmed  Place gravel beds around the house  Don’t leave anything out in your yard
  • Install Peep holes with magnifying  lenses  Strengthen outside doors by using solid doors  Use a proper dead bolt lock and strike plate  Secure the door from your home into the garage
  • Secure sliding windows and sliding  doors  Use any existing window locks at all times  Secure any window air conditioners
  • If you have an alarm use it   Quality alarm systems combine audible and silent alarms triggered by sensors placed throughout the home, not just on doors and windows  Prior to getting an alarm do your research to ensure it is a quality alarm system that can’t be tampered with
  • Leave on the T.V. or stereo  Leave some lights on and draw your  curtains Don’t leave notes on the door, even when  you’re at home Park a vehicle in your driveway  Keep yard maintenance up  Be creative when leaving a key outside  Use automatic timers  Have someone collect your mail 
  • SAFETY WHILE YOUR HOME
  • SAFETY AT HOME Know your neighbors  Always keep doors and windows locked  whenever possible. Never allow anyone into your home unless you  know them Do not hang keys near the entrance ways and  ensure they are not visible.
  • SAFETY AT HOME Servicemen should have ID so ask for it.   Strangers don’t need to know that you’re alone  Never leave a message on your answering indicating you live alone.  Call 9-1-1
  • PROTECT YOUR BELONGINGS Keep valuables in a safety deposit box   Never keep large amounts of money at home  Make a list of all valuable property  Mark your property for identification  Videotape or photograph your property
  • ******************** “REMEMBER A HOUSE CAN BE BROKEN INTO DAY OR NIGHT. YOUR HOUSE IS ONLY AS SECURE AS YOU MAKE IT AND IF YOU CAN BREAK INTO YOUR HOUSE THEN SO CAN A BURGLAR!!”
  • VEHICLE SAFETY Don’t leave anything of value visible   Never leave keys, mail, registration or garage door opener in the car  Always lock your vehicle  Consider a car alarm and or securing device  Park wisely  When returning to your vehicle
  • SAFETY ON THE STREET Walk in well-lit and well-traveled areas   Avoid alleys, parks, walkways and tunnels, especially at night  Walk with a friend  Be alert and walk with a purpose  If being followed go where there are people and where you’ll feel safe  Avoid groups of people loitering in areas
  • STREET SAFETY CONTINUED… Don’t wait for a ride or the bus in an  isolated location when possible  Cab companies are a service  Keep your arms free of packages  Consider carrying a cellular phone, personal alarm or whistle  When returning home
  • PERSONAL SAFETY WHEN HANDLING MONEY Never carry large sums of money  Use a wallet or billfold instead of carrying a  purse Don’t carry everything you own-just what you  need Do not leave your purse unattended not even  for a moment When using ATM’s be aware of people loitering  or shoulder surfing Be aware of skimming devices at ATM’s or on  debit machines
  • WHAT IF I’M ATTACKED!! Try to STAY CALM. Use your common  sense  If you have an opportunity to escape without harm, go for it!  If someone is near you give them instructions  Without staring, try to get a good mental picture of the robber’s appearance and mannerisms.  Never try to apprehend an offender  Only use physical force to defend yourself as a last resort
  • WHAT IF I’M ATTACKED CONT. If the suspect has a weapon only you can  decide how to respond  Your best defense is to be prepared and your best weapon is your brain  Call the police as soon as possible!!
  • WHAT THE POLICE NEED FROM YOU! Stay Calm   Suspect(s) description  Weapons involved  Direction of travel  Time occurred  Witness statement
  • THE 3 P’S OF CRIME PREVENTION: Plan Ahead- have a buddy system in place, know your  route, never take anything you don’t need. Prepare for Anything- know your plan to get help if  you need it. GO WITH YOUR GUT!! Trust your instincts. Practice- good safety habits are lost if you don’t  continuously practice them!!
  • By Taking The Steps To Be Prepared You Can Protect Yourself And Your Property!! Empower Yourself by Trusting Your Instincts!!