Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center

Safety & Prevention Tips

There can never be a guarantee that sexual assault will not be a part of your life experience.  Taking steps to protect yourself can lower the risks. Remember:  trust your feelings or intuition.  If you feel unsure about anything, listen to your feelings and get out of the situation.


  • Keep entrances well lit.
  • Secure doors and windows.  Use dead bolts, reinforce knob locks, use window lock keys, and install peep holes.
  • If you live alone, leave your first name off mailboxes and add another person’s name along with your own.
  • Know your neighbors and be aware of strangers in your neighborhood.
  • Require identification from service people before letting them into your house.
  • If you think someone is in your home, don’t go in.  Call the police from a nearby phone.
  • Have emergency numbers near the phone.


  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, so you’ll be able to move fast if you get into a tight spot.
  • Avoid isolated or dark places.  If someone is following you, go to a public phone and call 911.
  • Walk at a steady pace, keep your head up and look confident.
  • Yell “Fire” instead of “Help” if you need assistance.
  • Carry a whistle or other noisemaker.  The sound may scare off an attacker.


  • Have car keys ready before you get into your car.
  • Once there, check your back seat before entering and lock all windows and doors.