There are many things we can do to take ownership of our personal safety, starting with maintaining vigilant awareness of our surroundings. Here are a few additional recommendations provided by law enforcement:
- Call 9-1-1 in case of emergency. In non-emergency situations, contact security.
- If you see something, say something! Report any unusual or suspicious activity, threats or perceived threats you witness to security immediately. Call 9-1-1 if in imminent danger.
- Always remain alert and aware of your surroundings, and trust your instincts. If a situation feels unsafe, take appropriate safety precautions and report it to security.
- Lock your valuables in your locker and secure the deadbolt when you leave your apartment, even for a few minutes. Keep doors and windows closed and locked at all times, and never prop your door open.
- When someone comes to your door, make sure you know who is knocking. Use the peephole, and if you do not know the person or were not expecting a visitor, do not let them in. Call security if you feel threatened or if the person is suspicious.
- Do not walk alone at night or off-property. Always use the buddy system when attending parties or going out, and keep close watch on your purse, wallet, beverage and other personal belongings. Always carry your driver’s license or other identification.
- Do not drink alcohol if you are underage or in violation of the law; stressed, ill, depressed, anxious or tired; taking medications; driving or the designated driver; or are recovering or coping with alcoholism. If you drink alcohol, use extreme caution and limit your alcohol intake.
- Avoid driving alone or at night, and minimize all driving distractions. Never text while driving. Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Park as close as you can to your destination in a well-lit area and take notice of where you parked. Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells or cars with tinted windows. Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running. Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car; lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
- Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car. Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car to open the door. When approaching and leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings. Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area. Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.
- If you must use an ATM, choose one located inside a mall or well-lit location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need. Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you. Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.
- Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member. Dress casually and comfortably and be extra careful if you carry a wallet or purse. Avoid overloading yourself with packages because it is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps. Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason.
Remember, in case of an emergency, call 9-1-1. We also urge you to discuss your safety plan with roommates, ask questions in the Disney Service Center or at the security kiosk and discuss the Safety Key and SafeD practices at work with your leader. Think about what safety measures you take at work that you can also adopt at home. SafeD is how we do things, not just another thing we do! You can find extended information, resources and videos by visiting the HUB >> WDPR Safety.