Skagit County Sheriff
"Committed To Your Safety"
Personal Safety Information
- Be aware of your surroundings. Be familiar with who is coming and going - who belongs and who doesn't.
- Know your neighbors and learn who can be called for assistance when needed.
- Women may be safer using only first initials and last names on mailboxes and in phone directories.
- Change locks when you move into a new residence. Make sure your doors have dead bolt locks, security chains, and peepholes, USE THEM!
- Don't hide spare keys outdoors.
- Check ID when repair people, salespeople, meter readers, etc.. come to the door. Don't hesitate to call and check them out or refuse them admittance if something feels wrong.
- If you let someone in and have second thoughts, be assertive. Tell them to leave or leave yourself. Pretend you are not home alone by mentioning a friend or family member asleep in the next room.
- Make sure entrances, garages, grounds, and hallways are well lighted.
- Leave porch lights on at night or when you expect to return after dark. Leave an interior light on in a room or two with the shades drawn. Leave a radio on.
- Instruct children and babysitters not to give out information about who is home, who is out or for how long.
- Don't leave notes on your door for others or allow solicitor's material to remain on your doorknob since they advertise your absence.
- If you suspect your home has been broken into, don't go in or out, go someplace else and call the police.
In your car
- Keep car doors locked at all times, and windows rolled up all the way.
- Do not stop to help a stranger in a stalled vehicle, go to a safe place and report the stalled vehicle to the police.
- Don't pick up hitchhikers.
- If you are being followed, don't go home. Drive to the nearest fire or police station or an open gas station, anyplace with people around.
- Try to keep your car maintained, and keep your gas tank at least half full.
- If security staff are available to walk you to your car, don't be embarrassed to use them.
- If you leave keys with a parking attendant or at a service station, leave only the car (not the house) key.