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 The following are crime prevention tips the Dallas County Sheriff's Office encourages residents to adopt to protect themselves and their property from theft or damage.

A list of tips on staying safe:

  • Don’t walk or jog early in the morning or late at night when the streets are deserted.

  • When out at night, try to have a friend walk with you.

  • Carry only the money you’ll need on a particular day.

  • Don’t display your cash or any other inviting targets such as pagers, cell phones, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry and clothing.

  • If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or a lighted house. Don’t be afraid to yell for help.

  • Try to park in well-lighted areas with good visibility and close to walkways, stores, and people.

  • Stay alert - be aware of your surroundings.

  • Be confident. Stand tall, walk purposefully, and make quick eye contact with the people around you.

  • Trust your instincts – if you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation (even in an elevator) leave.

  • Make sure you have your key out as you approach your door.

  • Always lock your car, even if it’s in your own driveway; never leave your motor running.

  • Do everything you can to keep a stranger from getting into your car or to keep a stranger from forcing you into his or her car.

  • If someone tries to rob you, give up your property—don’t give up your life.

  • If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.

Click on the links below for additional safety and crime prevention tips for you and your family.


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