Safety and Crime Prevention Programming, Educational Services and Resources

Driving Safely

When driving

  • Have your key ready when you approach your vehicle and check to make sure no one is hiding inside.
  • Drive on well-traveled streets.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Keep your car in gear while it is stopped.
  • Keep all doors and windows locked.
  • Park in well-lighted, designated parking areas.
  • Keep valuables in your vehicle out of sight.
  • Keep change in your car for emergency telephone calls.
  • If you are forced to stop your vehicle, lock the doors, roll up the windows, and sound the horn for help.
  • If you are followed or harassed by someone in another vehicle, drive to a police department, fire station, or open business and seek help. Do not drive into your driveway or park in a deserted area.
  • If you are followed as you turn into your driveway at night, stay in your car with the doors locked until you identify the occupants of the other car. Sound your horn to get the attention of your neighbors.
  • If your car breaks down, raise the hood and then stay inside with the doors locked. If someone stops to help, do not open your window or door or accept a ride. Ask them to call for assistance.
  • If you see a parked car requiring assistance, do not stop. Go to a telephone and call for aid.
  • Keep an aerosol tire inflator in your car for emergencies.