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Personal Safety Tips

In the wake of last night’s double stabbing, we want the community to know that there will be additional officers patrolling our streets over the weekend. We will field both uniformed and non-uniformed assets to help keep our streets as safe as possible.

If you see suspicious activity or feel you are in danger, do not hesitate to call 911.

While we are in no way implying that the victims did anything wrong or could have done anything different to avoid the horrific circumstances they found themselves in last night, we would like to provide some personal safety tips to help you avoid danger and trouble:

· When out and about, walk alertly, confidently and pay attention to your surroundings; avoid “automatic pilot” and electronic distractions.

· Trust your instincts: pay attention to the uncomfortable feelings that often warn you of potential danger.

· Use common sense; plan your route to avoid dark places and alleyways. Stick to well-lit areas.

· Develop a plan before you see trouble. Crossing a street or entering a store may get you out of a potentially bad situation.

· Carry your purse very close to you preferable with the strap over your shoulder and the purse to the front of your body. Don’t dangle it from your arm.

· If you see anything suspicious or something that is potential or actual criminal activity, call 911 and be a good witness from a safe distance.

· Don’t compromise your personal safety.