Don't allow yourself to become
a victim of crime! This simple quiz will help
you to determine the possibility of your
being a victim.
In the home
have a wide angle (190 degree) "through
the door" viewer so you can tell who is
at your door before you open it?
use only your last name and initial on the
door bell and on your mailbox?
keep window shades down and blinds closed at
keep the doors locked even when you are at
refuse to open the door to any caller who
cannot present proper credentials?
avoid leaving notes on your door, or
newspapers on your porch which advertise that
you're not home?
refuse to give you name, number and address
to an unknown telephone caller?
stranger should come to your house and ask to
use the phone, would you keep the door closed
and offer to make the call?
have the locks or cylinders changed when you
moved into your home or apartment?
have the phone number of your local law
enforcement agency on a piece of tape
attached to the telephone?
have deadbolt auxiliary locks on all exterior
receive a disturbing phone call, do you hang
plan so that you do not need to
"hide" a key under the door mat,
mail box, or flower pot?
On the street
always walk with someone? (There's safety in
change directions or cross the street if
approached by a stranger?
followed by someone in a car - would you walk
in the other direction or go up a one-way
avoid walking through shortcuts, deserted
streets, dark alleys and parks that are not
well lit or travelled?
refuse rides from strangers?
returning home, do you have your key ready to
open the door without delay?
visiting friends, do you call them to let
them know you arrived home safely?
dark, do you carry a flashlight?
Do you let someone know where you're going
and when you expect to be home?
use other means of transportation than
keep at least one quarter with you at all
times in case you need to make a phone call?
someone in a car asks for directions, would
you stay far enough away from the car so that
you couldn't be dragged in?
In the car
keep car windows at least three quarters
rolled up and doors locked when driving?
keep the car in gear at intersections?
make sure you have enough gasoline when
travelling at night?
check the back seat before getting into your
car and lock yourself in?
keep your car keys and house keys on a
separate key ring?
of stopping to assist disable motorists,
would you call the police for them?
make it a practice to never pick up
always lock your ignition and your doors when
park your car, do you put valuables in the
trunk or out of sight?
make sure the spare tire is in good condition
before you leave?
© 1999, Atlantic Crime Prevention