Being aware of your own personal safety and the safety of your family is extremely important in today’s world. As a parent you can never be too cautious when it comes to looking out for your children. There are many people who prey on children and the elderly. The best defense is to trust your instincts and use common sense in dealing with dangerous situations. Always have a safety plan.

'Change Your Locks, Change Your Life' Program

Victim Assistance Services has a program "Change Your Locks, Change Your Life." This program is designed to assist victims in taking a necessary step to protect themselves from a suspect by eliminating the suspect's easy access and power over them.

Safety at Home

  • Always lock your doors and close and secure your windows when you leave your home or retire for the evening.
  • Leave an outside light on, or place a security floodlight in areas that concern you.
  • Have a plan with your neighbors if you ever need them to call the police.
  • If your home life is violent or dangerous due to other family members, seek help immediately.
  • Consider a security system and/or a “safe room” in your home.

Safety in Public Places

  • Use caution when you are out alone at night in areas such as shopping plazas and parks.
  • Stay in well-lit areas.
  • Walk confidently, keep purses and bags close to your body, and hold them securely.
  • Weigh the pros and cons of carrying any weapons. If taken from you, they could be used against you.

Safety in the Workplace

  • Be aware of your co-workers and their actions.
  • Report any suspicious or worrisome activity to supervisors.
  • Know where and how to call 911 from office or factory settings.

Safety at School

  • Always make sure that children get on and off the bus or to school in a manner that does not
    allow strangers easy access.
  • Talk to children about strangers and make sure they understand that saying “NO” loudly to strangers
    is perfectly acceptable.
  • Keep an information packet about your child handy in case of abduction. A recent photo, a lock of hair, correct height and weight, and a set of fingerprints will all be helpful to officials if necessary.

Downloadable Forms