When traveling on mass transit, patrons may protect themselves from becoming victims of crime by keeping alert and following a few proven crime prevention techniques. The following information will help you in making your travels safer and more enjoyable.
Always be alert and aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
If you see something suspicious either on the bus or at the stop, notify the driver or dial 911.
Refrain from listening to music or wearing headphones while riding the transit system. (iPods, cell phones and portable radios will distract you and could make you a potential target)
Avoid talking to strangers, especially in isolated areas.
lf carrying a purse, hold it tightly and close to your body;
If carrying a wallet, keep it in a front pocket.
lf you are attacked, scream or blow a whistle in order to bring attention to your situation.
Notify the driver of any unattended or suspicious items.
Try to avoid isolated bus stops.
Stand near others and in well-lighted areas, move to your bus as it arrives.
During off hours, ride as near the bus driver as possible.
lf trouble occurs, notify the bus driver. The bus driver can radio into his/her dispatcher, who can then notify local police.
Inform Your Children:
lf your children ride the bus alone, please advise them not to talk to strangers. Teach them how to contact the police and bus drivers for assistance and help. Provide children with a cell phone to call for emergency assistance.