GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The Kent County Sheriff's Department provides these tips for preventing or reducing the likelihood of an attack or abduction:
- Walk deliberately and with confidence. Don't be distracted and don't wander.
- Walk with others. There is safety in numbers.
- Look before you leap. Before you leave a place of safety, look out to see if there are any suspicious persons or other dangers between you and your car.
- Call ahead. Before you leave, call someone so they know you are on the way. If you are don't show up, it will alert them that something might be wrong.
- Walk with keys in hand. You might be able to use them to defend yourself. Otherwise, you will be able to get into your car quickly.
- As soon as you get in your car, lock it and then start it.
- Try to stay in areas that are well lit or where people are likely to be. People who commit these acts don't want to be seen or heard.
- If you notice someone approaching you or following you, look directly at them and talk loudly (or yell) for them to get away. Once they lose their element of surprise, they might back off.
- Trust your instincts. If it doesn't feel right/look right, it's not.
==Watch: Sgt. David Kok of the Kent County Sheriff's Department discusses abduction prevention.==
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