Sacramento Regional Transit
District - Police Services
Crime Prevention Tips
- Park and
Ride parking lots can be busy places. Be wary of
vehicles backing out of parking stalls. Give plenty of
room to RT buses, private shuttles and paratransit buses
that travel through the parking lots.
- Be careful
not to become distracted when crossing the city's busy
streets. Cross only at crosswalks and obey traffic or
- Like most
major cities, Sacramento has a street population. Some
may be homeless, others may be vagrants or panhandlers.
- Most street
people are harmless; however, a few are chronic law
violators who may infringe upon the rights of others.
Demonstrate a combination of respect and caution around
panhandlers and strangers.
money to people on the street will not necessarily help
solve the problem of homelessness or vagrancy. In fact,
it may encourage more panhandling. If you feel inclined
to assist the homeless, it is suggested that
contributions be given to one of the many local
charities, missions, food banks or social service
organizations that assist those in need.
- Jog or walk
by yourself early in the morning or late at night when
the streets are quiet and deserted?
- Stuff your
purse with cash, keys, credit cards, checkbook - and
then leave it wide open on a counter, your desk, the
- Put your
wallet in a jacket, which you then hang up or throw over
- Let your
mind wander - thinking about your job, or all the things
you have to do - when walking or driving?
- Think it's
a waste of time to lock your car when you'll be back in
a few minutes?
If you answered
"yes" to any of these questions, you need to change a few
habits. Even if you answered "no" and made a perfect score,
read on. Spend a few minutes now to prevent trouble later.
- Wherever you
are - on the street, in an office building or shopping
mall, driving, waiting for a bus or subway - stay alert
and tuned in to your surroundings.
- Send the
message that you're calm, confident, and know where
- Trust your
instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy,
avoid the person or leave.
- Know the
neighborhoods where you live and work. Check out the
locations of police and fire stations, public
telephones, hospitals, and restaurants, or stores that
are open late.
- Stick to
well-traveled streets. Avoid shortcuts through wooded
areas, parking lots, or alleys.
- Don't flash
large amounts of cash or other tempting targets like
expensive jewelry or clothing.
- Carry a
purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps.
- Put a
wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket, not a
- Try to use
automated teller machines in the daytime. Have your card
in hand and don't approach the machine if you're uneasy
about people nearby.
- Don't wear
shoes or clothing that restrict your movements.
- Have your
car or house key in hand before you reach the door.
- If you
think someone is following you, switch direction or
cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant,
or lighted house. If you're scared, yell for help.
- Have to
work late? Make sure there are others in the building,
and ask someone - a colleague or security guard - to
walk you to your car or transit stop.
- Keep your
car in good running condition. Make sure there's enough
gas to get where you're going and back.
- Always roll
up the windows and lock car doors, even if you're coming
right back. Check inside and out before getting in.
parking in isolated areas. Be especially alert in lots
and underground parking garages.
- If you
think someone is following you, don't head home.
- Drive to
the nearest police or fire station, gas station, or
other open business to get help.
- Don't pick
up hitchhikers. Don't hitchhike.
well-lit, busy stops.
- Stay alert!
Don't doze or daydream.
- If someone
harasses you, don't be embarrassed. Loudly say "Leave me
alone!" If that doesn't work, hit the emergency device.
- Watch who
deboards the bus or train with you. If you feel uneasy,
walk directly to a place where there are other people.
resist. Give up your property, don't give up your life.
- Report the
crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker
accurately. Your actions can help prevent others from
- Learn more
about things you can do and things kids can do.
- Take a
- Make your
neighborhood and workplace safer by reporting broken
street lights, cleaning up parks and vacant lots, and
lobbying local government for better lighting in public
- Join a
Neighborhood, Apartment, or Office Watch to look out for
each other and help the police. Or find out how you can
organize a neighborhood watch.
- Help out a
friend or co-worker who's been a victim of crime.
- Cook a
meal, babysit, find the number for victim services or a
sympathize, and don't blame.
- Look at the
for better drug treatment services, crime and drug abuse
prevention education, and job and recreational
opportunities for young people in your community.
Transit District - Police Services
1400 29th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816