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Senator Sammuel Sanes US Virgin Islands District of St. Croix "Commitment You Can See !"

PERSONAL SAFETY AND SECURITY 

AT HOME & AWAY FROM HOME 

AT HOME

Keep all doors and windows locked, even if you are at home or are just going out “for a minute.”

Keep your garage door closed.
 
Install dead-bolt locks on all doors.
 
Install a screen security door for additional ventilation.
 
Don’t give maids, babysitters, or others working in your home access to your home keys or alarm codes.
 
Re-key or change all locks when moving into a new home.
 
List only your last name and initials on your mailbox or in a phone directory.
 
Don’t give your name or whereabouts on your answering machine message. Never say you aren’t home. Just ask the caller to leave a message.
 
Consider installing a home alarm system that provides monitoring for burglary, fire, and medical emergencies.
 
Leave outside lights on after dark or have outside lights controlled by a motion detector. Keep porches and all entrances well lighted. Check bulbs regularly.
 
Keep drapes or blinds closed at night but leave some lights on.
 
Leave drapes or blinds partially open during the day.
 
Never dress in front of windows. Always close the drapes or blinds.
 
Know your neighbors and keep their phone numbers handy.
 
Have a friend or neighbor check on you daily if you are home alone.
 
Try never to be alone in the laundry room or any other common area in an apartment building.
 
Ask about starting or joining a Neighborhood Watch program in your area.

Call 911 if you hear or see something suspicious.
 
Don’t take direct action yourself. An officer will be dispatched to your address even if you cannot speak or hang up.
 
Plan an escape route from each room in your home to use in a fire, earthquake, break-in, or other emergency situation.
 
Designate a safe room in your home that your family can retreat to and escape potential violence by home invasion robbers. Develop a home security plan for this contingency and make sure all family members know what to do.
 
Arm your security system even when you are at home. And have panic alarm buttons installed around your home so they can be used in the event of a home invasion.
 
Make sure your street address number is clearly visible from the street and is well lighted at night so the police and other emergency personnel can locate your home easily.
 
Numbers should be at least 4 inches high must be used on individual dwellings and duplexes, and 12 inches high on multiple-unit residential buildings.
 
Make sure your unit number (in a multifamily housing development) is clearly visible from paths in the development. A directory or map that shows paths and unit locations should be placed at the main entrance of the development.
 
 AWAY FROM HOME
 
Be AWARE of your surroundings and who or what is nearby.
 
Listen to your intuition. If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t.
 
Watch your surroundings. Leave any places in which you are uncomfortable. Be especially alert for suspicious persons around banks, ATMs (Automated Teller Machines), stores, your home, etc.
 
Be wary of strangers who seem overly friendly, ask a lot of questions, or ask for help.
 
Never turn your back to a stranger.
 
Be wary if a vehicle pulls up beside you.
 
Be especially alert when alone in a dark parking lot or structure or any isolated area.
 
ASSESS the situation and possible threat if you find yourself in an uncomfortable or potentially dangerous situation.
 
Consider your options in the event you are threatened, e.g., scream or blow a whistle to attract attention, escape to a safe area, stay and fight, etc. Decide what you plan to do and practice your responses so you can recall them in a real situation.
 
Does the person threatening you have a weapon? What kind?
 
Does the person threatening you have an accomplice?
 
ACT quickly and decisively if you cannot avoid physical actions against an attacker.
 
Keep a safe distance from strangers who stop you for directions or conversation.
 
Cross the street if you think someone is following you.
 
Call 911 and walk into the nearest open business or other safe place if someone is following you.
 
Don’t let someone get close enough to grab you. Watch their hands and feet for indications of hostile intent.
 
Don’t let anyone back you up against a wall or other object.
 
Try to dodge blows by moving to the side and then behind the attacker.
 
Move to the side, not backwards if someone is striking at you.
 
Don’t struggle or try to pull away if someone grabs you from behind. Use your feet, elbows, fingers, and the base of your hand to disable the attacker and then escape.
 
If you fall to the ground, yell and kick.
 
Aim for the most vulnerable body parts, i.e., eyes, nose, throat, chin, knee, and groin.
Objects like umbrellas, keys, and shoulder bags make effective weapons when used against vulnerable body parts.
 

 
CHILD SAFETY AND SECURITY TIPS
BASIC SAFETY MEASURES
Know where your children are and who they will be with at all times. Have them return home promptly at appointed times.
 
Have them check in with you when they arrive at or depart from their planned destination, and when there is a change of plans.
 
Teach them how to make calls from landline and cell phones both in and outside your area code.
 
Let your children know where you will be at all times and how to get in touch with you. Have your children carry a contact card with your full name, cell phone number, work
location, and work phone numbers on it.
 
It should also have contact information of trusted adults they could call in an emergency if they can’t get in touch with you. They are people you can rely on and with whom your children feel comfortable.
 
Have your children carry an identification card with their full name, address, and home phone number on it.
 
Tell them that this information is personal and should only be given out to a trusted adult.
 
Have a way to contact your children if you will be late in picking them up, meeting them somewhere, coming home, etc.
 
Never let a young child go anywhere alone.
 
Make sure another trusted adult is present if you cannot be there.
 
Make sure older children, who have more freedom, always go out with friends and fully understand all safety rules.
 
Know what your children wear every day.
 
Don’t put their names on the outside of their clothes or items they carry. Children may respond more readily to a stranger who calls them by name.
 
Keep a record of your children’s friends and their phone numbers.
 
Keep an updated information file on your children. Include pictures, fingerprints, footprints, physical characteristics, identifying marks, medical and dental records, etc.
 
Find out why your children don’t want to be with someone or go somewhere. The reason may be more than a personality conflict or a lack of interest.
 
Notice when anyone shows an unusual amount of interest in your children or gives them gifts. Ask your children why they are acting that way.
 
Attend your children’s activities so you can observe how other adults who are involved interact with them.
 
Talk to the person in charge if you become concerned about anyone’s behavior.
 
Make time every day to discuss the day’s events with your children. Encourage them to tell you about anything unusual or suspicious that bothers them, anything that makes them uncomfortable, or scares or confuses them, or if anyone has approached or touched them.
 
Tell them to trust their instincts in these situations.
 
If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. They have the right to say “NO” if they sense something is wrong.
 
Be alert for any changes in your children’s behavior. Look and listen for things that indicate something is troubling them. Children are often uncomfortable in disclosing disturbing events or feelings because they are concerned about your reactions to their problems. When they do talk about their problems be calm, compassionate, reassuring, and nonjudgmental as you work with them to resolve the problem.
 
Listen to what they say and never underestimate their fears or concerns. Show them that you are always concerned about their safety and security. Effective communication is the most important factor in child safety.
 

Take advantage of situations that arise when you are out with your children to point out dangers and teach safety skills. Practice safety in “what-if” scenarios. Make sure your children understand what to look for and what to do in these real-life situations.

Report any suspicious persons or activities involving your children to the VIPD or 911.

 

 

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32nd Legisature of the Virgin Islands

District: St. Croix

Party Affliation: Democrat

Term: Fourth


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Chairman: Committee on Government Affairs, Veterans, Energy & Environmental Protection

Vice Chair: Committee on Housing, Public Works, Waste Management & Planning

MemberCommittee on Rules & Judiciary, Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services, Committee on Economic Development & Agriculture

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32nd Legislature of the Virgin Islands

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