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You can take steps to improve your personal safety by following a few simple guidelines. Next we will give you information on safety for women, seniors, car parks, car jacking, travel, and road-rage.

Home Safety

When we are at home we feel safe, and tend to relax and not follow basic safety rules. The most important of which is to lock your doors at night. In many of the child abductions that have occurred, the perpetrator entered the home through an unlocked door. Consider getting an alarm in your home. Most alarms can be set to a nighttime setting that will alert you from your sleep if an intruder enters the home. Here are more tips to follow:
· Have emergency phone numbers posted next to the phone. Make sure you teach your children how to call 911. This includes what information the emergency operator will need. Your child will have to know his or her address.
· If you have firearms in your home, make sure that they are locked up and inaccessible to your children. If you leave the firearm out for protection from an intruder, remember this: the chances of your child finding that firearm and injuring or killing themselves, or another person are far greater than your chances of needing a firearm for protection. (We at the Waynesville Police Department will provide free gun locks to any Village resident – contact Chief Copeland for assistance)

Safety for Women

Here are a few important safety tips for women.
· If you feel uneasy about any person, act on that feeling and get away from the situation. Trust your instincts.
· The first rule is to avoid any places and situations where any confrontations can occur.
· Be aware of your surroundings. If you sense a problem, change your route, or cross the road, and prepare yourself to run or defend yourself.
· There is only one rule if you are attacked. You must survive. You have to do everything you can: Scream, scratch, bite, hit, kick, or attack with any object you can find. Do anything needed to end the threat or to have enough time to escape.
· Women should carry a noisemaker that will make a lot of loud noise if activated.
· You could also carry some pepper spray however there are some drawbacks to using pepper spray. It is not effective on some people. You also have the chance of it affecting you to the point that it incapacitates you.

Safety for Seniors

Children are not the only ones who need to take care and use extra caution in their daily lives. Seniors are a segment of our population that needs to take extra safety precautions. There are many who prey on innocent seniors because they believe they are an easy target.
· Make sure you keep your doors locked, even in the daytime.
· Make sure you have dead bolts on your exterior doors.
· All windows should have locks and be sure to use them! And don't rely on the lock that your sliding glass doors came with. Use a stick in the door or a drop down arm.
· Make sure you have a peep hole in your door. Use the peep hole and make sure that you know the person who is at the door.
· Never let sales people inside your home.
· Never let any repair people inside your home if you did not order the repair. If you did, make them show you their identification.
· If living alone, you shouldn't publicize it. Single seniors are thought of to be easier targets by some.
· Have a close friend or neighbor check in with you once a day, and vice versa. You can both be a support to each other, and it's good to know that one of you will be there for the other in case of any emergencies.
· Get to know your neighbors and let them know when/if you go away. This way if they notice any suspicious activity, they'll be able to report it.
· If someone calls to tell you that you've won something, don't automatically provide any personal information if asked. Get their name, organization's name, phone number, and any other pertinent information, and verify it yourself. If a salesperson keeps calling and bothers you for any personal information, tell them that you're not interested, and to take you off their list - then hang up.
· DO NOT give out any bank account numbers or any other personal information. If they keep calling after you've asked them to remove you from their list, you can report them.

Travel Safety

Keep safety in mind while traveling to our everyday ventures. While traveling to work, or to take our children to the many daily adventures, keep these safety tips in mind.
· Always keep your doors locked on your vehicle while traveling. Many car jacking’s, occur while waiting at red lights. If someone tries to enter your car at a red light, hit the gas pedal and get away fast. Never just sit there and let them get into your car. Honk your horn to attract as much attention as you can.
· When you pick out a parking area, make sure that it is well lit.
· If you park in a multi-story car park, choose a space as close to the exit as possible, near ground level and away from pillars.
· Reverse into position for a quick exit. When you return, have your car keys ready and check the back seat before you get in.
· Look around you for anyone hovering before you get out of your car.
· If you think you are being followed keep driving until you reach a busy public place.
· If your car is hit from behind, delay getting out of the car and if you feel threatened sound your horn to attract attention and use a mobile phone to contact the police giving details of where you are a description of the people and details of the car.

Here are some basic tips for dealing with an aggressive driver who is directing road rage at you:

· Don’t get out of the car; keep your windows up and your car locked.
· Do your best to keep your cool and appear pleasant. This may be difficult but it is important for your own safety and that of others who may be traveling with you to try to defuse the situation rather than meet aggression with aggression.
· Avoid eye contact with the driver
· If the aggressive driver is behind you, try to keep a good space between yourself and the car in front of you to give you a chance to move into that space and away from the aggressive driver if necessary.
· Take note of their license plate number if possible. Note the color and shape of the vehicle. Try to remember anything identifiable about the driver.
· Get away from the car as soon as you have the opportunity - without speeding.
· Keep moving until you can stop in an area where there are other people around - for instance a gas station or fast food restaurant.
If you have a mobile cell phone use it to report the incident to the police as soon as possible. This will keep the police alerted and ensure others will not be subjected to such aggression.

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