This Topic deals with areas where you, not someone else, can keep
your family from being at risk. All of the items shown are considered
as your own Red Flags.

  • Don't store sensitive data on your mobile phone

  • Don't post current location or future travel dates on Social Media

  • Don't post children's names and photos on Social Media

  • Use a password on your cellphone especially if used for banking

  • Smart Phones with GPS may allow you to be tracked

  • Scrutinize permission requests on an app for questionable requirements.

  • Don't always go with the lowest estimate for a job

  • When a sales person tells you , not to worry Worry!


  • Never buy the first version of anything

  • An infomercial is an oxymoron

  • At a free seminar ask how long your money will be tied-up, and never sign anything at the seminar

  • Leave quickly if they say that the investor is not charged a commission

  • Always use privacy controls on Social Media

  • Use Anti-Malware, Virus protection and Firewall programs

  • Keep tabs on what your children are posting on Social Media

  • Read the fine print, it may take away what you are given in large print



Many of these comments may be more appropriate to for your children or grandchildren

Your Home - Keeping It Safe   TOP


  • Keep doors locked - even if you are going to be gone only a few minutes.

  • Install and use locks on your doors and windows.

  • Keep doors locked day or night whether you are home or not.

  • Maintain good lighting around entrance doors.

  • Be wary of telephone surveys. To be safe don't respond to them.

  • If you receive a threatening or obscene telephone call, hang up. Contact the Police Department and make a report.

  • If you are a woman alone, list only your first initial and last name on the mailbox, or in the telephone directory.

  • When moving into a new apartment or residence, always have the locks re-keyed, or changed.

  • Know who is at your door before opening it. Wide angle door viewers (180 degrees) enable you to identify the visitor. 

  • Never rely on chain locks. They are a privacy lock, not a security lock.

  • Never dress in front of windows. Always close your drapes.

  • Never let anyone into your home without proper identification.

  • Never let strangers into your home to use the telephone. Make the call for them while they wait outside.

  • Always leave outside lights on after dark, or use motion detector lights.

  • If you receive a wrong number phone call, don't give out your name or phone number.

  • In an apartment building, never be alone in the laundry room.

  • If you suspect anyone is in your house, do not go in. Go to a neighbor and call the police.

  • If you see or hear anything suspicious, call the police.

  • Exterior doors should be strong enough to withstand excessive force.

  • All exterior doors should be secured with a deadbolt lock that has a minimum one-inch throw.

  • All strike plates and frames for exterior doors should be anchored to the home's main construction.

  • Install solid core wood, metal or other reinforced doors, Reinforced door jams or jam braces.

  • Sliding glass doors and windows should be secure against forcing the locks or from being lifted completely out of the frame.

  • High-risk windows (basement, garage, ground-level) should be secured sufficiently enough to discourage or impede possible intrusion.

  • Double-hung windows should be secured with pins or extra locks to discourage prying.

  • Trees and shrubs should be trimmed to allow visibility along the perimeter (particularly entries) of the house.

  • Your address should be posted on your house and be clearly visible from the street both night and day.

  • Use safety glass or security film on vulnerable windows.

Automobile Safety   TOP

  • Have your keys in your hand as you approach your car.

  • Lock your doors when driving and after parking.

  • Check the backseat and floor before entering your car.

  • Keep your valuables out of sight.

  • Park in well-lighted areas.

  • Always leave your headlights on when arriving home after dark until you have unlocked the garage door, or unlocked the front door.

  • When arriving home by private auto or taxi, ask the driver to wait unto you are safely inside.

  • Never pick-up hitchhikers.

  • Never leave your keys in the car.

  • Be aware of another vehicle follow you home. If you see that pass by your house and drive to the police station.

  • Always keep your car in gear when stopped at a traffic signal or stop sign, so if threatened in any way, you can quickly drive away.

  • If you stop to aid others, do not get out of the car.  Ask what the problem is, and go to the nearest police station or call 911.

  • Be very alert when getting in and out of your car and walking to your car. These are considered danger areas.

  • Do not leave your car unlocked even for a few minutes. Attackers have been known to lay in wait for these opportunities.

  • Your windows should be up and your car doors locked even while driving to prevent someone from jumping into your car at intersections and stop lights or signs.

Public Transportation Can Be A Dangerous Place   TOP
  • For public transportation during off hours, ride as near the operator as possible.

  • If you are going to be out late, make sure you have cab fare.

  • If someone on the bus bothers you, change seats and tell the operator.

  • Have your fare or pass ready in hand when boarding the bus.

  • Look around when getting off the bus or trolley, and be aware of people around you.  

Out & About - Be Alert   TOP


  • Be especially aware of your surroundings at times when you may be less alert and more vulnerable to an attack (e.g., during periods of stress) when you are upset or sick, or if you have been drinking.

  • Use discretion and caution when taking shortcuts through isolated parts of the campus.

  • If you must be in an isolated area (e.g., working or studying alone in labs or offices) lock the doors and tell a friend or the Police Department where you are and when you plan to leave.

  • Check the inside of an elevator before entering. Wait for the next elevator if you are unsure of the people inside.

  • When riding an elevator, stand by the control board. If you feel in danger, press all the buttons and get off the elevator as soon as possible.

  • Have the door key in your hand so you can open the door immediately when you return home.

  • Try Not to go out alone at night.  Avoid unfamiliar areas, if possible.

  • Use caution in parking lots, and don't walk in poorly lighted areas, or dark doorways, or near shrubbery.

  • Don't accept rides from strangers, and don't respond to comments from strangers on the street.

  • Don't hitchhike

  • If suspect someone is following you, cross the street and walk into an open business.

  • Watch your surroundings and be alert for suspicious persons, especially around banks, stores, streets, and your car or home.

  • When meeting a new friend, exchange phone numbers only, not addresses.  On a first date, let family and friends know where you are going. Consider a daytime meeting rather than a night meeting, for a first date, and meet in a public place.

  • It is never a good idea to go to a nightclub alone, but if you do, provide your own transportation.

  • Don't allow alcohol or drugs to impair your judgment.  If you haven't already set a few social standards, do so and stick to them.  Don't allow an overly aggressive pursuer to change your mind.

  • Don't take drinks from an open can/bottle.

  • Do not look like an easy target; look and walk strong and confident. Most aggressors will back down if you maintain eye contact and are not intimidated by them. You lose your appeal as a target if you can identify them.

  • If someone is coming toward you and you feel threatened, hold out your hands in front of you and yell STOP! or STAY BACK! If you are carrying a safety whistle, blow it now to sound an alarm. Remember, he is looking for an easy target, not someone unafraid to make noise or fight back.

  • Always carry a personal protection product and a safety whistle with you at all times.

  • While exercising outside it is important for to know options, have a dog, a whistle, cell-phone. Try not to go out alone.

  • Change your routes and routines on a regular basis to avoid predators from being able to track your movements or actions.

  • While walking or jogging make mental notes of safe houses or safe places that can be used if the need arises.

  • Pick routes with sidewalks with good lighting and clear visibility.

  • Plan a safe walking route to school or the bus/transit stop.  Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and if possible, with intersections that have traffic controls.

  • Pedestrians should make eye contact with drivers when crossing busy streets to ensure they have been seen.

  • Pedestrians do not have the right of way when crossing mid-block.  Cross streets only at street corners or marked crosswalks or intersections.  Crossing at locations that have traffic signals helps motorists see you.

  • Do not run across a dark street to catch a bus, cross at crosswalks or intersections.

  • If a car is parked where you are trying to cross, look for drivers who may pull out and not see you.

  • Remember: Telephone poles, utility boxes and parked vehicles block on-coming drivers ability to see you if you are walking.

Food Stamps   TOP

  • The only way to get food assistance is through a government or partner agency

  • Never pay anything for information about government service that may be available

  • Never give out credit/debit card information

  • Food Stamp fraud lands people in jail for misusing food stamps, providing false information, selling or trading food stamps.


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