Stay connected – with caution. As we all know, a cell phone can be your lifeline in an emergency. However, your cell phone and other electronics may also attract unwanted attention from thieves. There are ways in which you may reduce the risk that you will be targeted as a victim of a personal robbery which may even include your cell phone.
The following checklist provides information gathered from Canadian law enforcement agencies on how to minimize the risk of becoming a victim of personal robbery. Always make safety your most important call.
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Safety on the go
- Avoid walking by yourself after dark, especially in unfamiliar areas.
- The “buddy system” is a great way to stay safe.
- Walk with confidence to deter would-be thieves.
- Always be aware of your surroundings, and be alert.
- Plan out where you are headed, the route you will take and how you will travel.
- Let your family members or friends know where you are going, and when you will be returning.
- Do not send text messages/take calls while walking. Remain attentive to your surroundings and to those around you when using your device.
- Parks, public transit stations, parking lots and ATM machines are common places where personal thefts occur. Be extra prudent when at these locations.
Discretion is best
- Electronic devices of all kinds are attractive to thieves. MP3 players and other devices should be used discreetly at all times.
- Electronic music players can be a distraction from your surroundings. Keep volumes low and understand that earphones may identify the type of device you are using, making you a target for thieves.
In the event that you become a victim of a personal theft, it is imperative that you contact your local law enforcement agency. In the case of theft that includes your cell phone, contact your wireless service provider immediately. Please visit our resources section to find out more.