Rape & Assault Prevention Checklist

In Your Home

  • Install adequate locks on all exterior doors and change locks each time you move.
  • Don't advertise living alone; use initials on mailbox and in phone book.
  • Do not hide a key anywhere.
  • Don't admit uninvited salesmen or strangers into your home.
  • Complete outside chores before dark.
  • Use exterior lighting when home or away.
  • Trim shrubberies low so criminals won't have a hiding place.
  • Secure outside ladders and trash cans, and discard unused boxes to discourage peepers.
  • Don't advertise your absence during weddings, funerals, and vacations.
  • Close blinds, shades, and drapes at night.
  • Hang up immediately on unknown phone callers.
  • Be cautious when volunteering information to telephone surveys.
  • Keep a flashlight near the phone in case you need to dial 911 in the dark.
  • Report suspicious persons and loiterers to police.
  • Establish a "buddy system" with a trusted neighbor and watch each other's property.
  • Vary your routine a little each day. Most rapes are planned.

In Your Car

  • Keep car doors locked and windows rolled up at all times; always check rear seat before entering car.
  • Have key in hand before reaching car; don't put identification on your key ring.
  • Use well-lighted main thoroughfares and always park in well-lighted areas.
  • Do not hitchhike or pick up a hitchhiker.
  • If you are being followed by another car, don't go home. Head for a well-lighted, well-populated area or drive to the police station and blow the horn. Get a description of the vehicle.
  • Don't stop to offer help to a stranded motorist. Note the location and stop at the next phone booth or use your cellular phone to call police or highway patrol.
  • Leave only your ignition key for mechanics or parking lot attendants.

On The Street

  • Choose well-lighted streets and bus stops, staying near the curb. Avoid alleys and shrubbery.
  • Invite a friend to walk with you.
  • If you are followed, get away fast. Change directions or head for open businesses.
  • If approached by a stranger, run to the center of the street and don't hesitate to call for help.
  • If attacked, yell "Fire" instead of "Rape." It gets a better response.
  • Don't walk alone if you are depressed, exhausted, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Stay alert and walk at a steady pace. Look like you know where you are going. Don't pass through groups of men. Carry a flashlight if it's almost dark.
  • Do not give directions or other information to strangers; stand away from their cars to avoid being grabbed.
  • A dog on a leash is a good deterrent to a criminal.
  • Be extra cautious of elevators and stairways in office and apartment buildings.
  • Leave work and meetings with others and watch until they are in their cars.
  • Refrain from displaying large sums of money when shopping.
  • Don't leave your purse unattended on store counters, in shopping carts, or fitting rooms.
  • An aerosol spray, keys, a whistle, or a nail file can be used for your protection.
  • Light and noise are the best deterrents to a criminal.
Lower your risk factors and you will lower the chances of being assaulted or raped. Following these tips will help.