Safety Tips for Women

1.  Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, and working and just sit(doing their checkbook or making a list, etc)
     Get into the habit of locking the door as soon as you enter your vehicle.  Practice so that it boecomes one smooth motion that you don't even think about.  Start your vehicle and drive away immediately.

2. Use good judgment, know your  surroundings.  Look into your vehicle at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat.  Pause for a few seconds to judge your surroundings rather than unthinkingly heading for your vehicle with your eyes down and yopur mind occupied with other matters.

3. Avoid stairwells if possible.  Stairwells are far less trafficked than other public areas of building, which does make them more risky places to traverse.  When taking the stairs alone, stay alert to the presence of others rather than allowing yourself to become lost in your thoughts and losing focus on your surroundings.  When at all uncertain about the behavior of someone else in the stari well, exit on the nearest floor.  Never use a stariwell unaccompanied where doors lock behind, thereby preventing you from exiting anywhere other than the ground-floor egress.

4. Do not get into vehicles with strangers or allow them into yours regardless of their excuse.  Be aware, a predator can be very persuasive.

5.  NEVER go walking or jogging wearing loud headsets.  Not only should you be able to see your surroundings... you need to be able to hear them as well.

6.  TRUST YOUR INSTINCT, it's there for a reason.  If a situation is uncomfortable then get out of there as quickly as possible.  If someone gives you the "creeps" there is a reason for it.  Just because you cannot "put" your finger on it does not mean there is not a problem.  Your subconscious has picked up on something that is abnormal, HEED your intuitive warnings.

7. NEVER go to a secondary location with an individual you suspect will cause you harm.  Predators remove would-be victims in order to separate them from theherd.  Even if they have a gun trained on you...DO NOT go.  Draw attention and fight if there are no other options.

8. If physical resistance is necessary make as much noise as possible and remember there are no holds barred, nothing is off limits.  Follow the adage "Flight first fight second".

For More Information Contact:

Stark County Sheriff's Office
4500 Atlantic Blvd., N.E., Canton, Ohio 44705
Tel: (330) 430-3800
FAX: (330) 430-3844