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Personal Safety Tips

Stay save and protect yourself with these personal safety tips from Meridian Township Police.

  1. Dead-bolts on every exterior door - 1 inch throw, vertical or horizontal are acceptable. Use extra-long screws to anchor the strike plate into the frame (2 or 3 inches if you have enough frame)
  2. Re-key a new house or apartment when moving in.
  3. Secure sliding doors with commercially available locks and wood dowel in the track. Drilling a hole through first frame to second and inserting a nail.
  4. Lock double-hung windows by sliding a bolt or nail through a hole drilled at a downward angle from the first frame to the second.
  5. Don't hide keys in a mail box, planters or under door mats, etc. Give the key to a trusted neighbor.
  6. Outside doors should be solid 1 3/4 inch metal or hard wood.
  7. Doors should fit tightly in their frames and hinges should be on the inside.
  8. Install a peephole or wide-angle viewer. A short chain does not work.
  9. Use operation identification.
  10. Teach children safety rules about answering the door and the phone, and how to get out if there is a fire.
  11. Shrubbery should be pruned and trees trimmed back to prevent entry into second floors.
  12. All porches, entrances and yards should be well-lighted.
  13. Keep ladders and tools inside your garage or basement when not using them.
  14. When you go away, put lights and a radio on timers. Leave curtains and shades in normal positions.
  15. If you go out in the evening, turn on lights and a radio.
  16. Be suspicious of people coming to your home by mistake. Frequently this is the M.O. used to determine if someone is at home.
  17. Name should not be on the mailbox.
  18. Draw drapes or blinds.
  19. Practice with your family:
    1. You hear an unusual noise in the middle of the night, like breaking glass or someone moving around.
    2. You wake up and someone is in the room going through your jewelry.
    3. You find a door ajar, a screen slit, or a window broken when you come home to an empty house. Call the police before entry into your home!
  20. Get to know your neighbors and discuss your concerns about safety. Become involved in neighborhood watch.
  21. Exchange work and vacation schedules with a neighbor you trust. Keep an eye on each others homes. Put your neighbor’s telephone numbers in your cell phone.
  22. Check your neighborhood for things that might contribute to crime like poor street lighting, overgrown shrubbery, litter and boarded-up buildings.
  23. Gun Safety:
    1. Safe’s
    2. Gun locks available at most are police departments.
  24. Serial Numbers: record the serial numbers for your electronics, tools, bicycles, and yard equipment.
  25. Keep garages closed – even when you are home and outside.
  26. Lock your vehicles when parked outside – even if you are leaving soon.
  27. Never leave valuables in your vehicle (lap tops, CD cases, briefcases, purses).
  28. Keep your car keys next to your bed. If you hear an intruder, activateyour car alarm. That will alert neighbors and likely frighten off anyone in the home or outside (even if your vehicle is in the garage).
Shopping - Street Smarts
  1. Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you. Don't daydream.
  2. Intuition - feelings you have about someone or some situation – if it does not feel right,20you are probably correct.
  3. Shop before dark.
  4. Lock your car doors and close your windows, even if gone for a short time.
  5. Park near lights, select a light to park near even if during the day. You may come back when it is dark.
  6. What is parked near your car when you leave to shop? What is parked near it when you come back to it?
  7. Have your key ready while approaching your car. Check your car before you get in and use the interior lights. Check under the car. Lock the car after you get in.
  8. Use keys as a weapon.
  9. Never pick u p hitch hikers.
  10. Spare money for a taxi.
  11. Be cautious in public restrooms and escort small children.
  12. Don't wear clothing or shoes that restrict your movement.
  13. Don't be vulnerable to purse snatchers by burdening yourself with packages.
  14. Don't carry large amounts of cash. Use credit cards and checks. Don't carry excess credit cards. Take only those you need. Protect the credit card numbers from prying eyes. Keep a record of card numbers and emergency telephone numbers in case cards are stolen. Report lost or stolen cards immediately.
  15. Carry your purse under your arm and hold the straps. Have a firm grip and carry your wallet in an inside coat pocket.
  16. Don’t leave your purse in the shopping cart.
  17. Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard when they need help. They should never go to the parking lot alone.
  18. Communicate the message that you are calm, confident and you know where you are going. Stand tall, walk purposefully.
  19. Make contact with people around you. Greet them.
  20. Stick to well-lighted busy streets.
  21. Stay on the part of the sidewalk that is farthest away from shrubs, doorways and alleys where people can hide.
  22. If you walk consistently vary your routes. Don't take short cuts.
  23. Walk toward traffic so you can see who is approaching you.
  24. If you think you are being followed, change directions. If you are being followed go to a police of fire station or convenience store. Don’t go home.
  25. Keep your car in good working order. Make sure that it has plenty of gas.
  26. What should you do if your vehicle becomes disabled? If stranded, wait for the police. Use a Help Call Police sign. Keep money in your glove box or purse for a taxi or to send someone to call the police.
  27. Consider a cellular telephone.
  28. If confronted yell for help and scream. Tell him "Leave me alone."
  29. Consider walking with a friend. There is safety with numbers.
  30. Avoid isolated areas when walking.
  31. Consider buying a whistle or shriek alarm - mace, keys, etc.
  32. Be aware that wearing headphones while walking or jogging decreases your awareness=2 0of your surroundings.
  33. Don't resist if the attacker only wants your property or has a weapon.
  1. Familiarize yourself with elevator controls. Know where the emergency phone is.
  2. Look on the elevator before getting on. If someone gets on and you are alone, consider getting off.
  3. If attacked, hit the alarm and as many floor buttons as you can.
  4. Try to get an accurate description of your attacker and his vehicles.
  1. Put your money in your purse before walking away. Count your money later.
  2. Pick well-lighted ATM sites.
  3. Pick sites well exposed to traffic.
  4. Don't keep your PIN number with your card or in your purse or wallet.
  5. Stand directly in front of the ATM.
  6. Look for suspicious person around the ATM.
  1. Don't use stairs alone. Don't enter a stair well to flee an attacker.
  2. Be careful of using secluded rest rooms.
  3. If you are working late or reporting to work early, try to meet another employee
  4. Vary your routine to the bank. Conceal the bank bag.
  5. If working late, ask security guards or other employees to assist you to your vehicle.
  6. Lock your doors and roll up your windows. If you see someone suspicious report the person to the proper authorities. Don't go to your car.
  7. Secure your wallet or purse in a locked desk or closet.
  8. Don't leave valuables in plain view in your car.
  9. Never leave keys lying about.
  10. Never leave cash on your desk or in a top drawer. Place it in an envelope and then in a drawer you can lock.
  11. Consider engraving valuables that you bring to work top share with other employees. Avoid bringing valuables to work.
  12. Check the ID of strangers who ask for confidential information or want or have gained access to restricted areas.
  13. Call police about suspicious vehicles. Be alert in large office buildings.
  14. If you work in an office or store after normal working hours make sure the exterior doors are locked. Utilize an alarm if available.
  15. Make sure all lights work inside and out. Report broken street lights to the appropriate agency for repairs.
  16. Be careful about talking of social or vacation plans around strangers.
  17. Know 911.
  18. Always let someone know where you'll be going - whether it is coming in late or working late, going to the computer room or out to lunch.
  19. Monitor key assignments.
  20. Don't write down passwords or safe combinations.
  21. Secure petty cash.
  22. Make sure company owned equipment is engraved.
  23. Make sure critical files are secured.
  24. Lunch hours should be staggered to avoid leaving the office vacant.
  25. Watch out for each other.
  26. Make sure someone always knows where you will be.
  27. Make sure copiers are turned off after hours and critical files secured.
Michael Yankowski
Chief of Police
120 W. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Police Headquarters

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Phone: 517-483-4680
FAX: 517-483-4688