To help you stay safe while out and about in Stockton, keep these tips in mind:
- When leaving home, make sure all doors and windows are locked, including the garage door.
- If possible, travel with a companion, especially when it is dark.
- At night, travel only well-lighted and well-traveled streets, walk in the middle of the sidewalk.
- Avoid alleyways, dark parking lots and deserted areas.
- Wear a fanny pack instead of a purse. This leaves both hands free and makes it difficult to steal.
- If you carry a purse, carry it securely between your arm and your body. Although a purse snatcher's intent is to steal the purse, your personal safety may depend on not clinging to it.
- Think you're being followed? Turn and walk quickly in the opposite direction to a well-lit , populated area.
- Don't carry more money than you actually need. Don't carry credit cards you don't use.
- Walk on the side of the street facing oncoming traffic. This will prevent a car from "sneaking" up on you.
- Don't use an ATM on the street or behind a building. Go to one inside a mall where better security is provided.
Do not make yourself an obvious target. Avoid wearing expensive, noticeable clothing or jewelry if you are going to be on the street.
Public Transportation Safety
One of the best kept secrets in Stockton is the public transportation.
Here are a few safety tips while helping keep Stockton green:
- While waiting for a bus, stand near others waiting and away from the curb.
- If the immediate area is deserted or dark, stand near an occupied building or in a lighted area until transportation arrives.
- Know the bus or train schedule ahead of time so your wait is shorter.
- Don't open your purse or wallet while boarding the bus. Have your pass or money in your hand.
- Travel with a companion if possible.
- If the coach is empty or nearly empty, sit as far up front and close to the driver.
- If someone begins to bother you, notify the driver immediately.
- Don't sleep or become too involved with reading while traveling.
- Stay alert and be aware of the people around you.
- Carry your wallet inside your coat or front pocket. A comb, placed horizontally in the fold of your wallet, will alert you if someone tries to remove it from your pocket.
- Keep your purse in front of you and hold it close to your body with both hands.
- Check your purse or wallet if someone is crowding or pushing you.
- If you see any suspicious activity, tell the driver.
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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 6/17/2015