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5179 CRATER LAKE HWY • CENTRAL POINT, OR
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September 22, 2017
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Safety First

Safety Tips
  • Listen to and act on your intuition. It's better to be safe and risk a little embarrassment, than stay in an uncomfortable situation that may be unsafe.
  • If you are in danger or being attacked and want to get help, yell "Call 911!" or give specific directions to onlookers; for example: "You! Get the police!" or "Walk me to the store on the corner, I'm being followed."
  • Have your keys ready when approaching your car or building.
  • Vary your routine: drive or walk different routes every day.
  • If you suspect that someone is following you, by foot or in a car, don't go home (or they will know where you live). Go to a trusted neighbor or to a public place to call police, or go directly to the police station.
  • Do not label keys with your name or any identification.
  • Don't talk about your social life or vacation plans where strangers can overhear you.
  • Always carry enough change for a telephone call.

  • Teach your children about STRANGER DANGER. Never talk to strangers and never accept candy, money or gifts from a stranger.
  • Tell your children about ploys that strangers will use to get them into their vehicles, such as asking them to help them look for a lost pet.
  • Teach them the BUDDY SYSTEM. Don't play outside or ride bikes alone.
  • Teach them the BOUNDARIES. Establish where they are going to play and re-affirm never to play in the street.
  • Teach them TIME AND LOCATION NOTIFICATION. Establish where they are going and a time when they will be home. If they change locations they must call home before they do so.
  • Teach them never to play with or touch any guns. If they find one call an adult, don't touch it!
  • Teach them that if they are ever home alone not to open the door to strangers.
  • Teach them that if they feel threatened by a stranger to run away as fast as they can.
  • Communicate with your children and let them know who can pick them up from school or other places other than you.
  • Don't leave your keys lying about.
  • Notify security personnel if you notice suspicious persons or vehicles, especially after normal working hours.
  • Be extra careful in stairwells and isolated or poorly-lighted restrooms.
  • In an elevator, stand near the controls and locate the emergency button.
  • Do not get in an elevator with someone who looks suspicious to you.
  • Know your co-workers and look out for each other.
  • Have available at every phone: Emergency numbers for security, police, fire departments, and a list of employees who are trained in CPR or first aid.
  • Always place the computer in a public part of the house, not in a child's bedroom
  • Sign an Internet Safety Contract with children outlining when, where, and for how long they are allowed to be online.
  • Use a firewall, virus protection and parental controls software on every computer connected to the Internet.
  • Never respond to unsolicited emails, especially if they are requesting any type of personal information. Legitimate companies will never ask for your social security number, your ATM pin, or any other personal information by email.
  • Shred all old financial documents and all pre-approved credit card offers.
  • Check your credit report every year.
  • Safeguard your social security number at all times. Do not use if for your driver’s license number, or any type of ID number.
  • Check the inside and around your car before entering to insure that no one is hiding there.
  • Check your surroundings before getting out of your car.
  • Don't pick up hitchhikers.
  • Keep doors locked and windows rolled up so that a hand can't reach in.
  • If a group of suspicious people approaches you when you are stopped at a red light at a deserted intersection, run the light if your intuition tells you that the situation could get dangerous.
  • Don't let gas indicator fall below 1/4.
  • Plan your route and check a map before you start out.
  • Park in well-lighted, heavily traveled areas if possible.
  • Try not to park next to a van, as you can be pulled in through the sliding door.
  • Whenever you have to stop your vehicle, leave enough room between your vehicle and other vehicles or things so you could drive off if any danger presented itself.
  • Don't leave valuables in plain sight inside your car.
  • If you think someone has run into your vehicle intentionally, keep your doors locked, activate your emergency lights and stay in your car until the police arrive.
  • If you think you are being followed, drive to an area that has a lot of people or drive to the closest law enforcement office.
  • Notify the appropriate law enforcement agency of any suspicious activity that you observe.
  • Give only the ignition key to an attendant.
  • If you see an accident or stranded motorist, report it from the nearest telephone instead of stopping.
  • Carry in your car:
    • Flashlight, flares, fix-a-flat, maps, comfortable warm clothing, first aid kit, empty gas can, white cloth to tie to antenna to signal distress, cellular phone.
  • Learn basic auto maintenance.  
  • When confronted by a threatening dog, our impulse is often to turn and run - the worst response, since movement triggers the chase instinct in dogs.
  • Stand very still and try to be calm.
  • Don't scream at the dog and run.
  • Be aware of where the dog is. Look in its general direction, but don't stare into its eyes. This is considered an aggressive challenge.
  • Let the dog sniff you.
  • In a low voice say, "No! Go home!"
  • Stay still until the dog leaves.
  • Back away slowly until it's out of sight.
  • If a dog does attack, try to "feed" it your workout jacket, bike equipment (briefcase, purse) to distract the dog while you back slowly away towards safety.
  • If you are knocked down or fall, curl into a ball and keep your hands over your ears, face, and neck. Try not to scream or roll around.
  • Have lights in all entrances.
  • Have good locks on all doors and windows.
  • Do not use your full name on your mailbox, in the phone directory, or on your answering machine.
  • Do not leave a schedule of your times away from home on your answering machine.
  • If you live alone, do not let strangers know. Invent a roommate or big dog.
  • Know which of your neighbors you can trust in an emergency.
  • Check who is at the door before opening it, and do not open the door to an unexpected visitor.
  • Don't hide extra keys in easily accessible places. Criminals will find them.
  • Ask for photo identification of all repair persons, etc. If you are still suspicious, call to verify employment.
  • Never give personal information to telephone solicitors.
  • Consider creating a "safe room" with a separate telephone line or cellular phone, and strong locks. If someone breaks in, you can retreat there (with children) and call for help.
  • Do not let strangers into your home to use the phone. Offer to make the call for them.
  • Don't hitchhike.
  • Be very careful using outside ATMs at night or in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • When on the street, walk facing oncoming traffic. It will be harder for someone to pull you into a car and abduct you.
  • Tell someone where you'll be and what time you're supposed to return, or if you will be with someone you don't know well.
  • Try to not overload yourself with packages. If you must have your hands full, visualize how you would respond if approached, how you would get your hands free, etc.
  • Do not wear music headphones while walking or jogging.
  • Do not read while walking or standing on the street.
  • If you wear a purse with a shoulder strap, be prepared to let it go if snatched. Otherwise you may be hurt if the mugger knocks you down and drags you while fleeing with your purse.
  • If someone asks you for directions, and if you choose to reply, remain at least two arms lengths away.
  • Clogs, high heels, and tight skirts are hard to run and fight in. Capes, scarves, and long necklaces are easy to grab. Modify your fashion style, or wear comfortable clothing when walking alone (change into dress-up clothes later), or think through how you would fight in your dress-up clothes (for example, kicking off your high heels or hiking your skirt up around your hips before starting to run or kick).
  • Avoid being on the street alone if you are upset or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or have someone go with you.
  • When dropping someone off at their home, make sure they are safely inside before driving away. Have them do the same for you.
  • Avoid shopping alone.
  • Park close to an entrance or populated area.
  • Park in a well lighted area.
  • Conceal valuables.
  • Be alert to your surroundings.
  • Carry your purse securely. Don't swing it or display it.
  • Walk with confidence and have your keys in hand.
  • Don't carry too many packages. Secure packages in the trunk or out of sight.
  • Lock your doors and keep your windows up.
  • If you become frightened for any reason, alert security or the police and get an escort to your vehicle.
  • Never stop for strangers.

Traveling by Vehicle

  • Keep your vehicle in good condition.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially when you venture into an unfamiliar area off the beaten tourist track.
  • Ask the hotel personnel for directions to your destination and have a local and highway map in the vehicle with you.  If you have a GPS, use it but be sure to remove it form your windshield or dashboard whenever you leave your car unattended.
  • Make sure you have enough gas to get where you’re going.
  • While driving keep all doors locked and wear your seat belts... IT'S THE LAW IN OREGON. 
  • If you cannot take your valuables inside with you whenever you stop, store them in your vehicle’s trunk or out of view of passersby before you reach your destination.
  • If someone suspicious approaches your vehicle while you are stopped in traffic or in a parking lot, blow your vehicle’s horn constantly.
  • Park in a well-lighted area with lots of pedestrian traffic when arriving and check the inside of your vehicle when you return.
  • ALWAYS lock your vehicle doors even if you plan to return immediately.
  • When you return to your vehicle, have door key in your hand.

Traveling by Plane

  • Do not discuss your trip with anyone on the way to or while at the airport.
  • Arrive early at the airport.
  • Hand carry any valuables (electronics, money, jewelry, credit cards).
  • Stay with your luggage until it is checked in.
  • Limit your personal information on your luggage tags.
  • Sit in your airplane’s assigned seat.
  • Plan how you will get to your hotel ahead of time.
  • Leave your flight information with a family member and if your plans change let them know.
  • Call a family member or friend back home and let them know when you have arrived at your destination.
  • Lock your vehicle and take all valuables with you to your room.
  • When checking into the hotel, review the floor plan on the back of your room door and familiarize yourself with fire and emergency exits.
  • Always lock your door using the deadbolt.
  • Secure your sliding glass door or room connecting doors with all security devices provided by the hotel.
  • Be careful who you invite to your room.
  • Place all valuables in the deposit box or room safe. Do not leave them in your vehicle.
  • Don’t open the door unless you know the person. If the person claims to be an employee, call the front desk and ask if they have sent someone to your room.
  • Be wary of unsolicited business flyers left at your hotel door. Always check with the hotel before placing any outside room orders that require your credit card number.
  • When you leave check the room’s front door to insure that it is locked.
  • Give kids a hotel business card to help them remember the name, address and telephone number of the hotel where they are staying.
  • While by the pool, do not leave your room key or any valuable unattended.
  • If you see something suspicious, call 911 immediately and the hotel management. Lock your vehicle and take all valuables with you to your room.
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  • Do not display large amounts of money.  Place small amounts in different pockets to assist with this or use credit cards or travelers checks.
  • Make copies of your credit cards front and back and place them in a secured place for your records (room safe).  This can be very useful if you need to report a lost or stolen card.
  • If you see something suspicious, call 911 immediately. When you return to your hotel, use the main entrance especially in the evening.
  • Be wary of solicitors. Use reputable places of business for all your entertainment transactions.
  • Travel in pairs or groups if possible.
  • Always have a meeting place for the kids to meet you if they get lost.
  • Teach your kids your name, house phone and cell phone number.
  • Small children should always be led by the hand when crossing the road or near busy streets.
  • Small children should have their name and phone number placed on their clothes label or on the inside of a shoe flap with a permanent marker in case they are lost.  
  • If you are out at a public setting like a party or a bar, be careful and mindful of who has access to your beverages.  Anything can be slipped into your drink that may cause serious issues later in the night.