Automobile

WHILE DRIVING

     Upon approaching your car, look to make sure no one is hiding in or around the vehicle, especially in the back seat. Check your tires for flats.  Keep windows rolled up, except for a small opening for ventilation and keep the doors locked at all times.

     Keep valuables secured in the trunk, not lying on the seat next to you. Put your purse on the floor of your car.  Plan your route before you leave. Displaying a map will send a message that you're unfamiliar with the area.

     When stopped in traffic, always leave enough space between your car and the one in front of you. This will allow you to pass easily, if neces­sary.  Keep your car well maintained and the gas tank at least half full to avoid getting stranded.

     Should you suspect that you are being followed, make several turns down active streets. If the vehicle continues to follow, head for the nearest police station, fire house, or open store. Avoid
driving to your home.  If someone attempts to force you off the road, remain calm and blow your horn continuously to attract attention. If forced off the road, stop, put your car in reverse and back away.

WHEN PARKING YOUR VEHICLE

     Park in a well-lit area to discourage a personal attack and reduce the risk of your car being stolen.  Look around before exiting your car.  Close all windows and lock the doors. Take any valuables with you.