Safety Suggestions for Harassment and Threats

At Work

  • Inform the police and your supervisor of the situation.
  • Report all suspicious activity to the police.
  • Be mentally prepared for an encounter; think to yourself, if it happened you would react, where could you go for help?
  • Vary your daily routine - where you walk, when you leave, and where you park your car.
  • Be vigilant when walking to your car, observe people hanging around the area.
  • Consider having someone accompany you to your vehicle if you work late.

At Home

  • Remove your name from your mailbox.
  • Remove your name from your answering machine and your cell phone voicemail.
  • Provide information to your neighbors (car/person description).
  • Avoid walking/exercising alone (safety in numbers).
  • Get an unlisted phone number with caller ID.
  • Encourage others to keep your personal information confidential.
  • Google yourself, see what information there is about you on the web.
  • Advise family members of the situation.
  • Install upgraded locks, an alarm system, and motion sensor lights.
  • Have your car keys on the nightstand while you are asleep. If you hear someone breaking into your residence, you can activate the panic alarm on the car.

In General

  • Trust your intuition and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Consider taking a self-defense class.
  • Keep any threatening or suspicious notes, mail, emails, and voicemails.
  • Lock all your doors and windows.
  • If your car or home have been broken into, leave the area immediately and call police.
  • Do not unlock your car from a distance with the car remote.
  • If you think someone is following you, cross the street or find an open establishment; if scared, yell for help.
  • Stick to well-traveled and well-lit areas.
  • Let someone know when you are intending to leave and arrive.
  • Know that you have the right not to be harassed and report it.

If you believe you are in imminent danger, find a safe place and dial 911. Be prepared to provide your location, perpetrator/vehicle description and direction of travel.

Be Safe!