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Saint John Police Station

Crime Prevention

It seems like crime is one of those things that only happens to other people. Of course the truth is, it can happen to any of us at any time. But there are things you can do to lower the risk, and make yourself less of a target for criminals. Here are a few suggestions for how you can protect yourself, your family, and your property.

  • Stay alert! Always be aware of your surroundings, and make eye contact.
  • Walk everywhere with a sense of purpose—show you are calm, confident, and know where you're going.
  • Trust your gut! If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, leave.
  • Inform others where you’re going and check in with them when you reach your destination.
  • Carry your purse firmly and close to your body, or only carry what you need in your pocket (e.g., keys, phone, one bank card).
  • Keep your wallet in an inside coat or front pocket rather than your back pocket, which is easier for pickpockets to access.
  • Park in well-lit areas and be sure to lock your car doors.
  • If you jog, do not jog alone in isolated areas. Take a friend or your dog along for the run.
  • Have your car or house key in your hand as you approach the door. If attacked, you can use the keys as a weapon.
  • While driving, keep doors locked and windows rolled up.
  • Drive in well-lit and well-travelled areas. Take the long way to your destination if it's the safest.
  • If you suspect you’re being followed by a car, proceed to the nearest police station or open business. If possible, make a note of the license plate number.
  • Do not hitchhike and never pick up hitchhikers.
  • If you have car trouble on the highway, raise the hood and call the police. If a motorist stops to assist, remain in your vehicle with your doors locked. Speak through a slightly lowered window and tell them you've called the police for help.
  • If you see a motorist in distress, do not stop to help them yourself. Call the police non-emergency number, and tell them the location.