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|Atlanta police plan LGBT public safety seminars|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Friday, 17 September 2010 00:00|
The Atlanta Police Department continues to reach out to the LGBT community, as well as other segments of the city’s population, and ask for their help in solving all crimes. Crime Stoppers is the best way to give a tip to police to solve some of these crimes.
Senior Patrol Officer Powell, the police department’s LGBT liaison, will conduct a series of public safety seminars for LGBT people beginning Sept. 23 at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse.
Powell offered these basic tips on how everyone can stay safe in an urban environment.
• When possible, use ATMs only during the day.
• Avoid walking alone at night unless absolutely necessary.
• Keep to well lit, commonly traveled routes.
• Avoid shortcuts and dark, isolated areas.
• Walk purposefully, know where you are going, project a no-nonsense image.
• Avoid potentially dangerous situations.
• Always take a phone with you in case you need to make an emergency call.
• A crime or an emergency can happen at anytime, so always be ready for everything in advance, and be aware of your surroundings.
• Take a martial arts class or carrying a self-defense device like pepper spray.
• Be careful who you interact with on the internet. Don’t be lulled into a sense of comfort by simply chatting with a person online for several weeks. Criminals are methodical and patient, Maj. Keith Meadows said, and can lure you into feeling safe before meeting in public and then robbing you or committing another violent act.
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