Stay safe in a new place

Au pairs, are you worried about violence in the U.S.? With recent news, it’s understandable. But, remember, robberies, shootings, and other tragedies make the news in part because they are unusual events. Most residents and visitors in Indianapolis feel very safe. 11 in every 1000 people fall victim to crime in Indianapolis.

The typical crime victim in the USA probably doesn’t look like you. Most crime victims are single, unemployed, young men. That said, it’s important that you take steps to stay safe. Every city has “good” and “bad” areas. Talk to your host family, your LAR, and other locals about where “bad” areas are located and try to avoid them, especially at night. Here are some other general tips to stay safe, no matter where you are:

  • Call 911 for the police and emergencies services anywhere in the USA.
  • Don’t walk or jog early in the morning or late at night when the streets are deserted. When out at night, try to have a friend walk with you.
  • Carry only the money you need for the particular day.
  • Don’t make a display of cash, cell phones, expensive jewelry and clothing.
  • If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or a lighted house. Don’t be afraid to call for help.
  • Try always to park  your car or bicycle in a well-lit area with good visibility, close to where people gather.
  • Make sure you have your key out as you approach your door.  Keep doors locked.
  • In the unlikely chance you become the victim of a crime, report the crime to the police. Try to remember identifying information so that you can describe the attacker accurately (was s/he taller or shorter than you, male or female, what color were his/her clothes?).
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