Personal Safety Tips

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With the beginning of July it’s the start of a new Safer Naper.

The Naperville Police Department campaign is reminding residents about personal safety this month.

Situational Awareness

Their biggest tip is to practice situational awareness. Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts, especially when alone in public.

“Talk with your family with what to do in different situations,” said Crime Prevention Specialist Julie Smith. “The better prepared you are will allow you more time to react in case a situation does occur.”

Tips for Families

For family safety, Smith recommends setting up a plan and meeting location when in crowded places like Ribfest, in case you get separated from your child.

“Have a plan what to do if your child would be lost,” she added. “Know what they’re wearing. Dress your kids in bright colors such as neon green or bright safety orange, so you’re able to identify them in a big public situation. Also, talk to them about what to do if they were to get lost, where is the safe place that they can go to, what are some safe adults in the area that they can go to in the event that you were separated.”

And having your child wear a form of identification with parent contact information, and taking a family photo before heading out can help police locate them more easily.

To go along with personal safety month, the NPD will host a college safety presentation on July 25, and more information is on their website.

Naperville News 17’s Christine Lena reports.