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How to be street smart?

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anonymous 27 
Asked at 2010.10.29 00:46:55
I wanna know how to be street smart so that i can prevent things things from happening to me while on the street.......what are the important things to remember and please no stupid answers....and lastly if you think this question should be in another section please let me know.
answer Jay  Answered at 2010.10.29 00:46:55
* Try NOT to go out alone at night. Avoid unfamiliar areas, if possible.

* Don't take shortcuts: don't walk in or near alleys, and don't walk on deserted streets.

* Use caution in parking lots, and don't walk in poorly lighted areas, or dark doorways, or near shrubbery.

* Don't accept rides from strangers, and don't respond to comments from strangers on the street.

* Don't get into an empty elevator with a stranger. If you do ride with another person, stand near the control panel and if attacked, press an many of the control buttons as possible.

* Don't hitchhike, and if someone suspicious is following you, cross the street and walk into an open business.

* Watch your surroundings and be alert for suspicious persons, especially around banks, stores, street, and your car or home.

* If you are alone at work after business hours, keep the door locked.

* If you work late, ask the security guard or a co-worker to walk you to your car.

* When meeting a new friend, exchange phone numbers only, not addresses. On a first date, let family and friends know where you are going. Consider a daytime meeting rather than a night meeting, for a first date, and meet in a public place.

* It is never a good idea to go to a nightclub alone, and if you do, provide your own transportation.

* Keep your space - Intimate space - 0 to 1.5 feet Personal space - 1.5 to 4 feet Social space - 4 to 12 feet Public space - 12 feet or more

* Don't allow alcohol or drugs to impair your judgement. If you haven't already set a few social standards, do so and stick to them. Don't allow an overly aggressive pursuer to change your mind.

In Your Automobile

* Never pickup hitchhikers.
* Don't park in the dark.
* Never leave your keys in the car.
* Never allow another vehicle to follow you home.
* Have your keys in hand so you can open the car door without delay.
* Always keep your car in gear when stopped at a traffic signal or stop sign, so if threatened in any way, you can quickly drive away.
* Always check the back seat of your car before getting in.
* If you stop to aid others, do not get out of the car. Ask what the problem is, and go to the nearest phone and call the police.
* Always lock your doors while driving.
* Always prearrange meeting with anyone so you do not have to wait alone.

Riding The Bus or Trolley

* During off hours, ride as near the operator as possible.
* If you are going to be out late, make sure you have cab fare.
* If someone on the bus bothers you, change seats and tell the operator.
* Have your fare or pass ready in hand when boarding the bus.
* At night avoid dark and isolated intersections or stops.
* Look around when getting off the bus or trolley, and be aware of people around you.

If You Are Attacked

* Use common sense. Try to talk your way out of it.
* Try to negotiate.
* Stall for time.
* Be verbally assertive.
* Distract or divert the assailant, then flee. Run toward an open business or a group of people. Hide if you get the opportunity.
* Scream loudly, and keep it up to attract attention and help from people near by.

* If the attacker threatens you with a deadly weapon, and you come out of it alive, you took the proper course of action.

During an armed attack, you must decide the proper course of action. There is no hard and fast rule as to self defense. You must consider your physical capabilities, your location, and your perceived chances of success. If you cannot escape, bide your time and look for another opportunity, a half-hearted attempt could be worse than no attempt at all.

* Notify the police immediately, when you get the opportunity, and if there are witnesses, ask them to stay until police arrive.

* It is not advisable to carry guns, clubs, knives, or chemical sprays. It is illegal to carry some of these weapons, and they could be used against you. It is advisable not to carry weapons.

* And finally, if a crime occurs, report it. When you report a crime and all the facts about it, it helps the police to assign officers in the places where crimes are occurring or where they are most likely to occur.

If you don't report a crime, this allows the criminal to operate without interference. Tell the police what you know. No fact is too trivial.

Purse Protection

* If at all possible, don't carry a purse.
* When possible, carry your wallet, keys, and other valuables on your person, or in an inside pocket, or other suitable place, rather than your purse. Your purse should be used to carry brushes, combs, make-up, etc.
* Credit cards and checks should be carried instead of cash. Maintain a record of the account numbers at home. Practice carrying only the cards you will be using.
* Carry a shoulder bag securely between your arm and body away from traffic.
* If you are wearing a coat, carry a purse worn over the shoulder, but under the coat.
* Watch your surroundings. Be alert for suspicious persons especially around banks, stores, streets, and your home.
* At night, stay in well-lighted areas and avoid walking close to shrubbery, dark doorways, or other places of concealment.
* Practice the "buddy system", and shop with a friend when possible. When walking in twos, place your purse between you and your friend.
* Carry a clutch bag unsnapped and upside down between your arm and body with any valuables in the zippered compartment. If someone attempts to steal your purse, loosen your grip, thus allowing the contents to fall to the ground.
* Consider "fanny packs" whenever possible.
* If you are attacked, don't struggle. Your purse can easily be replaced; you can't be. If there is a witness, ask that person to stay until police arrive.
* Notify police immediately after an attack.

Don't . . .

* Don't carry large amounts of money. The first rule is to limit your losses.
* Don't carry more than you can easily afford to lose. Many purse snatches are committed solely to finance narcotic addictions.
* Don't carry unnecessary valuables in your purse.
* Don't let your purse hang loosely in your hand.
* Don't carry a lethal weapon; it could be used against you.
* Don't fight. Surrender your purse.
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