Crime Prevention Tips

Various tips and suggestions circulate online about how to avoid becoming the victim of crime, but not all are accurate.

Multi-colored bullet Pressing a sequence of keys on your cell phone will produce a serial number that can be used to disable it in case of theft.

Multi-colored bullet Paramedic advocates cell phone users create "In Case of Emergency" (ICE) entries in their address books, but such entries leave phones vulnerable to attack.

Multi-colored bullet Nine safety tips e-mail offers effective counters to being victimized in random violent crime.

Multi-colored bullet When being burglarized, use your car alarm to summon help.

Multi-colored bullet Your cell phone's "location" feature will enable searchers to find you.

Red bullet Heeding the advice given in a popular e-mail missive will keep you from becoming a rape victim.

Green bullet Home invasion criminals have gained entry to houses by pretending to be distressed persons in need of shelter from attackers.

Multi-colored bullet A can of wasp spray is a preferable alternative to pepper spray for protection against assailants.

Green bullet Massachusetts offers a "Silent 911 Call" procedure for those who cannot speak openly to emergency dispatchers.