January 31, 2000
Personal Security Tips
by Deputy Mark Orndorff, King County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Mark Orendorff is a 19-year veteran of the King County Sheriff's office. He currently serves in the Sheriff's Community-Oriented Policing program at the Cottage Lake storefront office. If you would like to suggest subject matter for the column, contact him at his office at the King County Community Service Center at 19145 NE Woodinville-Duvall Rd., or call him at (206) 205-1300.
- Recognize potentially dangerous situations before they develop.
- Assess the risks and have a safety plan; think about what you would do if you felt threatened.
- Be prepared to scream or shout if attacked.
- Consider taking a self-defense course.
- Display a sense of confidence and purpose when walking.
- Avoid hats or other items that obstruct your vision and earphones that impair your hearing.
- Walk with someone whenever possible; there is safety in numbers.
- Only carry cash for your immediate needs.
- Do not burden yourself with bulky or heavy items that would be easy to snatch or make you unsteady when walking.
- If you are working in an area that can be secured, lock it after dark.
- It is important that in the event you need to access a public telephone: Know where the nearest public telephones are located. Always carry correct change or a phone card for a phone call. You may need to call a taxi if you're stranded. If calling 9-1-1, no change is needed. Be alert--when you have dialed, turn your back to the phone and speak looking outward.