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Aug 17, 2007
Do you consider yourself streetwise? What do you think being street wise entails? Being streetwise is not only a requirement in the big cities and back streets, but is fast becoming a necessity in all parts of our country.

The first tenet of being streetwise is to stay alert and tuned-in to your surroundings. This is so whether you are on the street, in an office building, shopping malls, driving, or waiting for a bus or cab.

The second tenet is to trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uncomfortable, steer clear of the person or leave. Know the neighborhoods where you live and work. Check out and know the locations of police, fire stations, public telephones, hospitals, and restaurants, or stores that are open late.

There are two ways we mainly deal with the street. They are on foot and by car.

On Foot-Day or Night

* Stick to well-lighted, well-traveled streets. Avoid shortcuts through wooded areas, parking lots, or alleys.
* Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket, not a back pocket. Carry only what is necessary and try not to keep currency and credit cards all in one place.
* Don't wear shoes or clothing that restrict your movement.
* Don't flash money or other tempting targets like jewelry or clothing.
* Have your car or house key in hand before you reach the door.
* Try to use automated teller machines in the daytime. Have your card in hand and don't approach the machine if you're uneasy about people nearby. Better yet, only use the ATM machines inside of grocery store, malls, or gas stations.
* If you think someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant, or lighted house. If someone harasses you, don't be embarrassed. Loudly say "Leave me alone! Someone call the police! Get away!"

By Car or Public Transportation:

* Keep your car in good running condition. Make sure there's enough gas to get where you're going and back.
* Always roll up the windows and lock car doors, even if you're coming right back. Check inside and out before getting into your vehicle.
* Avoid parking in isolated areas. Be especially alert in lots and underground parking garages.
* If you think someone is following you, don't head home. Drive to the nearest police station, fire station, gas station, or other open business to get help
* If someone tries to rob you don't resist. Give up your property. Don't risk your life.
* Report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent others from being victims.
* Take a Stand!
* Make your neighborhood and working place safer by reporting broken street lights, cleaning up parks and vacant lots, and lobbying local government for better lighting in public places.
* Initiate a block watch program in your neighborhood by contacting your local crime prevention unit.

Now is the time to make sure that you put these suggestions into action. Becoming street wise is important. Don't hesitate, start today!
About the Author
Bill Wallmuller is the founder of Merokee Enterprises. Two of the author's concerns are personal safety and crime prevention. You can learn more by visiting the Website: http://merokee-home-security.com
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