Tips on Staying Safe - For Kids
your stuff! You need to know your full name, address and phone number,
as well as Mom and Dad’s names. It seems like a lot to remember, but it
is one of the most important safety tips. Be sure you know how to call
911. Remember, it is not a joke or a game. Most cities will send the
police whether or not a request is made. Have a code word established so
that the person who picks you up must know it. Remember NEVER to ever
give this code word out to ANYONE!
A few general rules... If it feels
weird, it probably is. Trust your gut feeling! You can talk to Mom and
Dad about ANYTHING! Be sure to talk about safety whenever you have a
question or something to tell them about. Child predators look like
regular folks, so anyone you don’t know is a STRANGER! Never open the
door for anyone that Mom and Dad have not approved. If you are a little
bit unsure, do NOT open the door! Always try to walk with someone
instead of alone!
In public places... Don’t wear your name on the
outside of your clothing/books/book bags, etc. This gives strangers an
advantage. Never lose sight of Mom, Dad or whichever adult you are with.
If you can’t see them, chances are they can’t see you either! If you
are lost, find a store employee or uniformed officer. Never just go
along with a stranger who promises to take you to an officer, unless he
or she is a store employee.
If someone tries to grab you in
public... Make lots of noise! Yelling “This is not my mom/dad - help
me!” is a good attention getter. Don’t stop there! Run up to another
stranger and grab his or her arm. This will really get their attention a
If you are on your bike and someone tries to grab
you... Hold onto the bike and don’t get off! The attacker cannot throw
you AND the bike into his car. Throw your backpack or bike at the
attacker and then run.
If you are on your bike or walking and
someone approaches you from their car... First, never EVER approach a
person in a car who is trying to get your attention! There are
absolutely NO exceptions to this, even if the stranger knows your name
or says Mom and Dad sent him. Turn around and quickly go the opposite
way, even though you are no longer on your way to your destination. The
attacker is not likely to turn his or her car around at the next
intersection and follow you.
If someone sneaks into your home
while people are home... Be sure to scream loud, throw a shelf down, or
make noise any way you can. Just because home is usually a quiet place -
especially in the middle of the night - does NOT mean you have to be
polite and quiet in this situation.
If you are thrown into the
passenger portion of a car... Yank wires from under the steering column.
Try to jump into the back seat of a 4-door car. This will get you out
of the attacker’s immediate control. If you are sitting in the car and
it isn’t running, try to shove paper or something else into the
ignition. The key will not be able to get in and the car will not start.
If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car... Kick out the
back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like
crazy! The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will. This has saved
Tips on Staying Safe - For Women
Reasons Women Are Easy Targets for Random Acts of Violence: Lack of
Awareness You MUST know where you are and what’s going on around you!
Body Language Keep your head up, swing your arms and stand up straight.
Wrong Place, Wrong Time DON’T walk alone in an alley, or drive in a bad
neighborhood at night.
When parking your car... Park in a
well-lit area, near a security guard whenever possible. Never park next
to a van with a sliding side door, from which an abductor could appear.
getting back into your car... Have your keys in your hand and ready
BEFORE leaving the building. Never get into the habit of standing beside
your car (or walking up to your car) fumbling for your keys. Be aware -
look around you, behind you, into your car (especially the back seat
and passenger side floor), and under your car. If you are parked next to
a big van, enter your car from the passenger side. Many serial killers
have been known to attack their victims by pulling them into their vans
(through the sliding side door) while the women are attempting to get
into their cars. Look at the cars parked on the driver’s side of your
vehicle, and the passenger’s side. If a male is sitting alone in the
seat nearest your car, you may wish to walk back into the mall, or work
and get a guard, police officer (or just another body) to walk you back
It is always better to be safe than sorry - and ok to be
just a little bit paranoid... ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the
stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and an ideal crime
spot. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control,
ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit a running target 4 in 100 times,
and even then, not a vital organ. Don’t be so sympathetic. If someone
appears to need help, go get someone else to help you help him. Remember
serial killer Ted Bundy who always played on the sympathies of
unsuspecting women. He walked with a limp or a cane and asked women for
help into his car, and then abducted them. If confronted with such a
situation, go back inside and get a second person to help him out - just
to be safe.
Getting into your car... As soon as you get into
your car, lock the doors, start the engine and LEAVE. Don’t just sit
there and make a list, balance your checkbook, make a call, etc. Don’t
give an attacker an opportunity to make his move!
If you are ever
thrown into the trunk of a car... Kick out the back tail lights and
stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy! The driver
won’t see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.