- 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 here...how 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.
- 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.
- 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.