Lady Beware

PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE
LADY BEWARE
PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE
BUREAU OF TRAINING & EDUCATION
COMMUNITY SERVICES UNIT
SP 5-333 (02/2005)

While Alone At Home
• Women living alone, use first initial rather than first name on mailbox or phone book.
• Relinquish only your car key to garage or parking lot attendants, etc. Always retain custody of house key.
• Be highly selective in whom you admit to your home (Offenders are often friends or acquaintances of their victims).
• Require identification of repairmen, service technicians, etc. (Offenders may use these types of deception.)
• Do not let phone callers know you are alone.
• Keep all doors and windows locked. Keep shades or curtains drawn after dark.

Preparing to Go Out
• Determine and use the safest route of travel and use it.
• Inform your family of your destination, phone numbers, and expected time of arrival and return times for your outing.
• Inform the person whom you intend to visit of your expected time of arrival.
• Carry a cellular telephone or change to use at a pay phone.
• Leave at least two lights on and an outside entrance light at your home.
• Lock all windows and doors, including the garage door.
• Do not hide keys for your home anywhere outside of the residence.
• Carry a small penlight (flashlight) with you.

What to Avoid While out:
• Walking alone (if possible).
• Dangling your purse or other personal articles.
• Displaying fine jewelry or valuables.
• Heavily overgrown areas (trees, shrubs, weeds, etc).
• Dark doorways, hallways and parking lots.
• Alleys and seldom traveled side streets, vacant lots, wooded areas and deserted public parks.
• Warehouse/industrial areas and highercrime neighborhoods.

Preparing your Automobile:
• Check gasoline supply.
• Have the motor tuned-up and adequate battery (to avoid starting and stalling problems).
• Check air pressure in tires and tire wear.
• Make sure door locks and dome light work properly.

Approaching your Automobile:
• Have car keys in hand and ready.
• Check vehicle upon approach for anything or anyone out of the ordinary. Look for any signs of an intruder (check back seat, too).
• Immediately locks doors upon entering your automobile.

While Driving:
• Keep all door locked and windows rolled up (at least partially).
• Never pick up hitchhikers – male or female.
• Be extremely cautious about stopping to render assistance to a disabled motorist or in what appears to be emergency situations.
• Be alert to being followed by another vehicle.
• If being followed, drive to the nearest police facility, open business, or call 911.
• Keep purses, wallets or other valuable items or packages hidden from view.

What to do if your Car becomes disabled:
• Raise hood and place a white cloth or handkerchief on the antenna or door
handle.
• Carry a cellular telephone.
• Call 911, home, or reputable service center for assistance.
• If you remain in the car, keep doors locked and windows rolled up.
• Remain alert and cautious when if you accept help from a passing motorist.

Upon Returning Home
• Locate your house key and have it ready before leaving your car (or before approaching the house if you are walking).
• If you find evidence of intrusion into your home, immediately leave the area and call the police.
• If you observe a strange car or person on the premises (or near your home), leave the area immediately and call the police.
• Always enter your home cautiously and be alert.
• If an intruder is in your home, leave immediately and call the police.
• Keep all doors and windows locked.
• Research alarm systems, and purchase one if you feel it is necessary.
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*The Truth About Sexual Assault
Acquaintance rape is more common than left-handedness, heart attacks or alcoholism.

By the time they turn 18, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually victimized.

Ninety percent of all sexual violence involves an offender of the same race as the victim.

Nearly 27 percent of all reported rapes occur within the victim’s home. An additional 20 percent occur at or near a friend’s or relative’s home.

Over 50 percent of all assaults occur during the day.

Eighty-five percent of the time, a sexual assault victim knows his or her attacker.

*Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)
(PCAR Pinnacle – Fall 2003)
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