Benson Police Department cares very much about your
personal safety and wants to share some common sense
ideas to help prevent you from being victimized.
By following these tips you can help protect yourself
and family and reduce your chances of being victimized.
Please share these tips with friends and neighbors
and help make our community safe.
Tips for Children
1. Make sure that children know their address, phone
number and their parents' names.
2. Teach your children to use the buddy system when
playing or walking/biking.
3. Keep chemicals, flammables and medicines out of
4. Have emergency phone numbers readily available
near your phone.
Internet Safety Tips
1. Don’t give out personal information about
yourself, your family situation, your school, your
telephone number, or your address.
2. If you become aware of the sharing, use, or viewing
of child pornography online, immediately report this
to the National Center for Missing & Exploited
Children at 1-800-843-5678.
3. When in chatrooms remember that not everyone may
be who they say they are. For example a person who
says "she" is a 14-year-old girl from New
York may really be a 42-year-old man from California.
4. If someone harasses you online, says anything inappropriate,
or does anything that makes you feel uncomfortable,
contact your Internet service provider.
5. Know that there are rules many Internet Service
Providers (ISP) have about online behavior. If you
disobey an ISP's rules, your ISP may penalize you
by disabling your account, and sometimes every account
in a household, either temporarily or permanently.
6. Consider volunteering at your local library, school,
or Boys & Girls Club to help younger children
online. Many schools and nonprofit organizations are
in need of people to help set up their computers and
7. If you are thinking about running away, a friend
from online (remember the 14-year-old girl) may not
be the best person to talk to. If there is no adult
in your community you can find to talk to, call the
National Runaway Switchboard at 1-800-621-4000. Although
some of your online friends may seem to really listen
to you, the Switchboard will be able to give you honest,
useful answers to some of your questions about what
to do when you are depressed, abused, or thinking
about running away.
Never open your door automatically. Install and use
2. Lock your doors and windows.
3. Vary your daily routine.
4. Use "Neighbor Watch" to keep an eye on
5. Don't leave notes on the door when going out.
6. Leave lights on when going out at night; use a
timer to turn lights on and off when you are away
for an extended period.
7. Notify neighbors and the police when going away
on a trip.
8. When you are away remember to cancel deliveries
such as newspapers and arrange for someone - a neighbor's
child, perhaps - to mow the lawn if need be. Arrange
for your mail to be held by the Post Office, or ask
a neighbor to collect it for you.
9. Be wary of unsolicited offers to make repairs to
your home. Deal only with reputable businesses.
10. Keep an inventory with serial numbers and photographs
of re-saleable appliances, antiques and furniture.
Leave copies in a safe place.
11. Don't hesitate to report crime or suspicious activities.
12. Install deadbolt locks on all your doors.
13. Keep your home well lit at night, inside and out;
keep curtains closed.
14. Ask for proper identification from delivery persons
15. If a stranger asks to use your telephone, offer
to place the call for him or her yourself.
16. Never let a stranger into your home.
17. Do not leave notes on your door when you are gone.
18. Do not hide your keys under the mat or in other
19. Never give out information over the phone indicating
you are alone or that you won't be home at a certain
20. If you arrive at home and suspect a stranger may
be inside, DON'T GO IN. Leave quietly and call 911
to report the crime.
1. If you are attacked on the street, make as much
noise as possible by calling for help or blowing a
whistle. Do not pursue your attacker. Call 911 and
report the crime as soon as possible.
2. Avoid walking alone at night. Try to have a friend
accompany you in high risk areas . . . even during
3. Avoid carrying weapons . . . they may be used against
4. Always plan your route and stay alert to your surroundings.
5. Have a companion accompany you.
6. Stay away from buildings and doorways; walk in
7. Have your key ready when approaching your front
8. Don't dangle your purse away from your body. (Twelve
percent of all crimes against the elderly are purse
snatchings and street robberies.)
9. Don't carry large, bulky shoulder bags; 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.
1. Carry your purse very close to you . . . don't
dangle it from your arm. Never leave your purse in
a shopping cart. Never leave your purse unattended.
2. Don't carry any more cash than is necessary. Many
grocery stores now accept checks and automatic teller
cards instead of cash.
3. Don't display large sums of cash.
1. Always keep your car doors locked, whether you
are in or out of your car. Keep your gas tank full
and your engine properly maintained to avoid breakdowns.
2. 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 police arrive.
3. At stop signs and traffic lights, keep the car
4. Travel well-lit and busy streets. Plan your route.
5. 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.
6. Lock bundles or bags in the trunk. If interesting
packages are out of sight, a thief will be less tempted
to break in to steal them.
7. When returning to your car, check the front and
back seat before entering.
8. Never pick up hitchhikers.
1. Many criminals know exactly when government checks
arrive each month, and may pick that day to attack.
Avoid this by using Direct Deposit, which sends your
money directly from the government to the bank of
your choice. And, at many banks, free checking accounts
are available to senior citizens. Your bank has all
2. Never withdraw money from your bank accounts for
anyone except YOURSELF. Be wary of con artists and
get-rich schemes that probably are too-good-to-be-true.
3. You should store valuables in a Safe Deposit Box.
4. 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.
5. If you have been swindled or conned, report the
crime to your local police or Prosecuting Attorney's