What can I do to reduce the risk of a crime occurring?

You should not blame yourself if you are the victim of a crime. Below are ways to help reduce the risk of certain crimes occurring. Not all crimes are preventable, but you may lower the chances of crimes of opportunity by having a safety plan in place.

General safety tips:

  • Consume no more than a responsible amount of alcohol. Over-intoxication can make you appear to be a better target for crime. This can also reduce your risk of becoming injured from things like falling.
  • Walk in pairs or small groups on well-lit and well-traveled pathways.
  • Carry only a small/reasonable amount of cash.
  • Avoid setting your wallet, handbag, phone, or other valuables down and/or out of your view.
  • Lock and secure the doors and windows of your home and vehicle. Do not leave valuables in plain sight.
  • Do not accept rides from strangers and when walking remain on the sidewalk. Look both ways before crossing any street or alleyway.
  • Leave a porch or patio light on during hours of darkness. If available turn on motion sensors to provide light when needed.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings and let police know about potential problems or criminal activity. Report suspicious activity to police.

Prior to the event and as a good rule of thumb in general:

  • Have a safety plan in place and stick to it.
  • Record serial numbers and descriptions of property.
  • Create an "In Case of Emergency" (ICE) contact in your phone. This could help emergency services in the event you can't communicate. iPhone 6 users can use the Health app to create an ICE contact that appears on the lock screen.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings and let police know about potential problems or criminal activity. Report suspicious activity to police.

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3. How do I pay my fine?
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