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Effective 08/09/2022:

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Personal Safety

When Walking

  • Avoid 'autopilot' - pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Look up, look around and avoid looking down at your phone.
  • Walk with purpose and confidence.
  • If wearing headphones, make sure you are still able to hear outside noises. 

When on Transit

  • The things thieves are looking for are: computers, phones, jewelry, and valuables.
  • Keep all personal belongings close by. Keep your backpack, purse, shopping bag, packages, etc., in your lap, on your arm, or between your feet -- not by themselves on an empty seat. If standing in a crowded bus or train, consider moving your backpack around so you can see it. 
  • Stay alert and avoid falling asleep. If you are reading, remember to look up frequently. 
  • If there is a problem on the bus or train, notify the driver and/or call 9-1-1.

Robbery and Theft Prevention

  • Carry your ID and keys in separate locations.
  • Don't display valuable items (e.g., iPods, iPhones, cash), when walking to and from your destination.
  • Keep bags close to your body. 
  • Put your phone away; only use it if you really need to.  After you're done, put it away again. Password protect and enable GPS locator features on your phone.
  • Write down the make model & serial # of the phone and keep that info in a safe place.
  • If you wear necklaces or other valuable jewelry, consider wearing them underneath your clothing rather than prominently displayed. 
  • When using an ATM, choose one located in a well-lit, busy area like inside a grocery store. Put your cash and card away before leaving.
  • Never display large sums of cash and don't carry more cash than is necessary.

Things to Consider

  • If you have an uncomfortable feeling - listen to it.  Don't be afraid to cross the street, go into a nearby business, or ask someone for help.
  • Think about lighting - if walking at night, stick to well-lit areas.
  • Plan your route to avoid uninhabited parks, parking lots, garages, alleys, etc. 

If Someone Confronts You

  • If a car follows you, don't approach it. Instead, turn and walk in the opposite direction.
  • If someone demands your wallet or phone, it's always safer to hand it over than to risk injury.
  • If someone tries to grab you, make a scene. Scream, kick, fight. Do what you can to get away. Make noise. Yell "Help! Police!"

Police

Adrian Diaz, Chief of Police
Address: 610 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104-1900
Mailing Address: PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA, 98124-4986
Phone: (206) 625-5011
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The Seattle Police Department (SPD) prevents crime, enforces laws, and supports quality public safety by delivering respectful, professional, and dependable police services. SPD operates within a framework that divides the city into five geographical areas called "precincts".