October is Crime Prevention Month and a good time to review the steps you can take to protect yourself, your home, and your valuables. Check out these tips from the Iowa City Police Department:

At Home

  • Always lock your windows and doors when you are away from your residence. 
  • Keep your doors locked, even while home. Burglars can quickly enter and exit a residence while residents are occupied in a backroom.
  • Residents in lower levels should remember to close their blinds to protect their privacy.
  • Do not keep valuables in plain sight in your vehicle. Lock vehicle doors. 

When Walking

  • Whenever possible, walk home at night in pairs or groups. 
  • Stick to well-lit and heavily traveled streets. 
  • If walking alone, try to avoid distractions such as talking on your phone. Have your phone in your hand or easily accessible with 911 on speed dial.  Know your location - street names, intersections, or nearby businesses - to give directions in an emergency.
  • Consider using a service, such as the University of Iowa’s Nite Ride

At The Bars Or Social Events

  • Never accept drinks from a stranger or leave your drink unattended. 
  • Use the buddy system.  
  • If someone seems impaired after short amount of time, seek help immediately. 
  • If you think a drink has been tampered with, leave it and seek help. 
  • If someone you know is intoxicated, do not let them get separated from friends or leave with strangers.
  • In about 55% of date rape cases for women, and 75% for men, alcohol or drugs had been involved prior to the incident.
  • In many cases, people may not even realize that they have been drugged. By the time they regain consciousness, past events may be a blur.

Date of publication

Tuesday, October 12, 2021