Personal Security

September 14, 2001


Los Angeles: Los Angeles attracts all types of people and the majority of them are law-abiding. Most criminals often plan their crimes by looking for the right opportunity and the easiest victim. Therefore, the best defense is a personal security plan aimed at reducing the opportunity for criminals. The Los Angeles Police Department believes the public can reduce the risk of victimization by applying a few simple precautions in daily life and encourages the public to practice the following crime prevention measures to increase personal safety and security.


Install quality deadbolt locks on all exterior doors and use them.
Install quality locks on all windows and use them.
Install wide-angle viewer in doors at all entrances to see who is outside without opening the door.
Light the outside of your home.


Avoid walking alone and walk on streets that are populated and well lit.
Plan and use the safest, most direct route.
Become familiar with the location of the police station, sheriff’s station, highway patrol station, and fire station.
Do not display money or credit cards.
Secure your purse or handbag under your arm so that it cannot be easily snatched.

Commander Sharon Papa, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department states "the Los Angeles Police Department encourages you to practice these crime prevention tips. A personal security plan is your best defense. Develop a plan and in the event of an assault or emergency, follow it."
For additional information or to obtain a copy of crime prevention circulars, contact Sergeant Michael Peterson at the Community Liaison/Crime Prevention Unit, 213-485-3143, or click here "Crime Prevention Tips"
This media advisory was prepared by Public Information Officer Victoria Diaz, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586