Courtesy of the Ponca City Department
In Your Car
- Carry a cell phone to call for emergency help.
- Keep your car doors locked, whether you are in or out of the car. Keep your gas tank full and your engine properly maintained to avoid breakdowns.
- Don’t leave your purse on the seat beside you; put it on the floor where it is more difficult for someone to grab it.
- Lock packages or bags in the trunk. If interesting packages are out of sight, a thief will be less tempted to break in to steal them.
- When returning, check the front and back seats before entering your car.
- Never pick up hitchhikers.
- Travel well lighted and busy streets; plan your route.
- If your car breaks down, pull over to the right as far as possible, raise the hood and wait INSIDE the car for help. Avoid getting out of the car and making yourself a target before the police arrive.
- Use Direct Deposit for your Social Security and other regularly deposited checks. Many criminals know exactly when government checks arrive each month and will pick that day to attack.
- Never withdraw money from your bank account for anyone except yourself. Be wary of con artists and get-rich schemes that probably are too-good-to-be-true.
- Store valuables in a Safe Deposit Box.
- Never give your money to someone who calls on you identifying himself as a bank official. A bank will never ask you to remove your money.
- Never give personal information out online.
- If you have been swindled or conned, report the crime to your local Police Department.
- Keep your doors and windows locked. Do not hide your keys under the mat or in other conspicuous places.
- Never let a stranger into your home. Never open your door automatically; use a peephole.
- Do not give out information over the phone indicating that you are alone or that you won’t be home at a certain time. Don’t leave notes on your door when you go out.
- Use a timer to turn your lights on and off when you are away at night. Vary your daily routine.
- Be wary of unsolicited offers to make repairs to your home; deal only with reputable businesses. Don’t give personal information out over the phone. Don’t pay in advance for services like yard work.
- When you work in your yard, take a cell or cordless phone with you.
- Have a friend or family member check on you regularly.
- Don’t let your mail or newspapers pile up outside your house. Put your house on the Ponca City Police Department Vacation House List when you are leaving town for a few days.
- If you are over 60 years of age, consider joining the Partners in Awareness Program which, in an emergency, provides first responders personalized information that can help us get the best and most appropriate help to you as soon as we can. Registration forms are available from the Ponca City Police Department and RSVP (the Retired Senior Volunteer Program).
- Don’t be an easy target. Carry your purse very close to you, don’t dangle it from your arm and don’t leave it unattended (as in a shopping cart).
- Don’t shop alone at night. Park in well lighted areas. Park close to store. Remember where you parked.
- Don’t flash cash or expensive items in your hand. Don’t carry any more cash than necessary.
- Don’t walk on the streets alone at night. Stay in well lighted areas. Have your keys ready when you approach your front door.
- Plan your route and star alert to your surroundings. Walk confidently.
- Don’t carry large bulky shoulder bags, but carry only what you need. Better yet, sew a small pocket inside your jacket or coat. If you don’t have a purse, no one will try to snatch it.