Personal Safety

Safety Tips
  • Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially after dark.
  • Carry your cell phone preprogrammed for 911 and turn it on when you leave the house.
  • Have keys in hand when going to your car.
  • Make noise, whistle or scream if you are approached. Call 911 if you are being followed.
  • Be aware of surroundings. Stay in public, well lit areas. Watch for people sitting in parked cars or standing around.
  • When walking, jogging or cycling, vary your times and your routes. Take only necessary items (cell phone).
  • When traveling, take only one credit card and ID. Limit cash and keep valuables out of sight.
  • Never accept a ride from a stranger. Carry a card with emergency contact information. If someone stops to help, you only have to roll the windows down enough to slip the card through and ask them to call for you.

Program Your Cell Phone for Emergency Contact (ICE)

ICE stands for "In Case of Emergency".  Program your emergency contacts into your cell phone. Enter the name as ICE1(name), ICE2(name), etc. Emergency service personnel will look for ICE numbers on your cell phone and have immediate access to your emergency contacts. Do it NOW!

Internet Hoaxes

It's a good idea that you verify suggestions that are received via e-mail before forwarding them on. It is possible that some of these suggestion could cost you money in the long run. The bottom line is this- if a message implores you to send it on to everyone you know there is a 99.9% chance it is a hoax or some other form of spam. Before you fall victim and continue the cycle of ridiculously meaningless email being propagated around the world, try validating the truth of the message at a site like the Urban Legends References  or the Antivirus Hoax Encyclopedia.

Stop Identity Theft

 For information on tips to prevent identity theft, reporting identity theft incidents and help on recovering from this crime go to