· Park in a well lit area, if at night, near a light pole, but not near the side door of a van. It's very easy for someone to grab you from the van and drive away without anybody seeing anything.
· Have keys in your hand as you approach your house or car.
· Look under AND around your car as you approach. People have hidden underneath cars and around the side*, just out sight. Also look inside your car before you open it. Even better is to have an alarm or remote entry system that will turn on the interior light before you open the door so you can see inside clearly.
· Drive with car doors locked and keep windows up whenever possible.
· Keep your purse and packages under your seat or in the trunk to help prevent a "smash and grab."
· Keep a good distance between your car and the car in front of you so you can maneuver away if necessary.
· If you think someone is following you, don't head home. Go to the nearest police or fire station, gas station, or other open business to get help.
· Don't pick up hitchhikers. Don't hitchhike.
· If your car breaks down, raise the hood, use flares, and tie a white cloth to the door handle or antenna. Stay in your car. When someone stops, ask them to call the police.
· If possible, remove or cover jewelry when using public transportation.
· While waiting for public transportation, stand near other people or near the ticket booth.
· Always keep emergency money for cab fare, bus or train fare, or a telephone call. Have exact fare ready when boarding a bus.
· Try to sit near the driver or conductor.
· Watch who gets off with you. If you feel uneasy, walk directly to a place where there are other people.