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Personal Safety

Your personal safety away from home is also very important to the men and women of the Stockton Police Department.  In order to help us help you stay safe while "out and about" in Stockton, keep these tips in mind:

  • When leaving home, make sure all doors and windows are locked, including the garage door.
  • If possible, travel with a companion; this is especially important when it is dark outside.
  • At night, travel only well-lighted and well-traveled streets, avoid unlighted areas, walk in the middle of the sidewalk, and never linger in deserted areas.
  • Wear a "fanny pack" instead of carrying a purse. This leaves both hands free and makes it difficult to steal.
  • If you suspect you're being followed, turn and walk quickly in the opposite direction, and go to a well-lighted and well-populated area.Money in Pocket
  • Don't carry more money than you actually need. Don't carry credit cards if you aren't planning to use them.
  • Walk on the side of the street facing oncoming traffic. This will prevent a car from "sneaking" up on you.
  • Be aware of locations and situations that would make you vulnerable to crime, such as alleyways and dark parking lots.
  • Don't use an automatic teller machine on the street or behind a building. Go to one located inside a mall where better security is provided.
  • If you carry a purse, carry it securely between your arm and your body. Although a purse snatcher's intent is to steal the purse, your personal safety may depend on not clinging to it.
  • Do not make yourself an obvious target. Avoid wearing expensive, noticeable clothing or jewelry if you are going to be on the street.

Public Transportation Safety

One of the best kept secrets in Stockton is the ability to use efficient and affordable public transportation.  Here are a few safety tips while helping keep Stockton green:

  • While waiting for a bus, stand near others who are waiting and away from the curb.
  • If the immediate area is deserted or in darkness, stand near an occupied building or in a lighted area until transportation arrives.
  • Know the bus or train schedule ahead of time so you aren't forced to wait longer than necessary.
  • Don't open your purse or wallet while boarding the bus. Have your pass or money in your hand.
  • Travel with a companion whenever possible.
  • If the coach is empty or nearly empty, sit as far up front and as close to the driver as possible.
  • If someone begins to bother you, get up and notify the driver immediately.
  • Don't sleep or become too involved with reading while traveling.
  • Stay alert, and be aware of the people around you.
  • Carry your wallet inside your coat or in a front pocket. A comb, placed horizontally in the fold of your wallet, will alert you if someone tries to remove it from your pocket.
  • Keep your purse in front of you, and hold it close to your body with both hands.
  • Check your purse or wallet if someone is crowding or pushing you.
  • If you see any suspicious activity, tell the driver.


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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 10/20/2011