Robbers want one thing: your money or property. There are some steps you can take to help prevent becoming a victim.
- Walk, ride, or jog with a partner
- Avoid dark, isolated places (don’t walk or park there)
- Be alert. Look around. Avoid wearing headphones or talking on your cell phone
- Keep at least one hand free. Don’t carry bulky purses or parcels
- Don’t wear expensive jewelry where it is visible, particularly gold chains or necklaces. When on the street, keep jewelry concealed under your clothing
- Late at night, have someone meet you at the bus or train station. have the taxi driver watch while you enter your home
- On public transportation, try to use the busiest, best lit stop possible, both to get on and off the bus or train
- Have your house and car keys out and ready to use
- Follow your instincts. If you feel threatened, go to the nearest open store or business. Call 911 immediately
- Get to know your neighbors and develop strategies for keeping an eye out on your block. Knowing who lives on the block can help you all recognize when someone who is hanging out doesn’t belong there.
Working together, you and your neighbors can make your block stronger and prevent and reduce crime. To find out how you and your neighbors can participate in neighborhood improvement activities, call Holger DelCid, 18th District Community Organizer, at 312-742-5778