Criminals look for opportunities to commit crimes. Personal safety involves knowing what to do to keep yourself safe in a variety of situations. Crime can happen to anyone at any time so it’s everyone’s responsibility to look out for his or her own safety.
- Try to walk or jog with a friend, not alone.
- Avoid taking shortcuts.
- Stand tall and walk confidently.
- Always lock your car and take your keys.
- Never pick up hitchhikers and don’t accept rides or gifts from strangers.
- Avoid parking in isolated areas and have your keys ready to use before getting to your car.
- Keep all packages out of sight.
- Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings wherever you are.
- Don’t leave bags and purses unattended.
- Establish a routine to make sure doors and windows are locked.
- Know who is at your door before opening it.
- Never let a stranger enter your home.
- Don’t leave notes on your door when you are away.
- Don’t give your name or whereabouts on your voicemail.
- Keep valuable papers, jewelry, etc. in a bank safety deposit box.
Who to Call for Help
To report suspicious activity call 911. For non-emergencies call (520) 351-4900.
Making your home safer from crime doesn’t always mean having to install expensive alarms. Effective home security starts with properly locked doors and windows, a well-lit exterior; and better landscape design.
- Alarm systems are a popular way to protect your home. Check with several companies before buying a system. Keep the system on and updated.
- Thieves can often spot weak locks that are easily forced open. Use deadbolts for reputable companies. Be sure you change your locks IMMEDIATELY if you lose your keys.
- Exterior doors should always be solid wood, fiberglass, or metal with a peephole. Sliding doors should have rods placed in the track and all doors, including those attached to the garage and should be locked when leaving the home.
- Keep the perimeter of your house well-lit and check lights periodically. Shrubbery should also be trimmed away from the entrances.
- Install locks on all windows and never leave the window open wide enough for someone to make entry.
- Vandalism is the willful or malicious destruction of public or private property. It can be prevented by staying alert and reporting suspicious activity.
Who to Call for Help
To report vandalism or suspicious activity call 911. For non-emergencies line at (520) 351-4900.
You can also report vandalism to 88-CRIME or if in unincorporated Pima County (520) 792-TAAG (8224).
Identity Theft and Scams
An estimated 9 million people have their identities stolen every year. While some identity theft victims can resolve their problems quickly, others spend thousands of dollars and many months repairing damage to their good name and credit record. If you are a victim act quickly!
- File a report with your local police or the police in the community where the theft took place.
- Place a fraud alert on your credit report, and review it regularly.
- Close accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.
- File an identity theft affidavit with the Federal Trade Commission 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338).
Scams rely on emotional triggers to entrap the victim. With emotions so engaged, logic and reason go out the window. If a phone call is unsolicited do not give out information, if you don’t recognize an email do not open it. Shred all paper with personal information. Here is a list of common scams:
- Sweepstakes or lottery you won, but never entered.
- Needing to pay a fee to claim a prize.
- An associate needing money to replace their passport while they are out of the country.
- The IRS will never call to notify you of for fees or refunds owed.
- Healthcare professional needing personal information over the phone.
- Loan companies requiring money upfront.
- Dating website responses asking for money.