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Personal Safety

Neighborhood Safety

  • Get to know your neighbors
  • Report suspicious activity in your neighborhood
  • Complete routine maintenance around your residence (check locks, windows, etc..)
  • Lighting is the most effective crime deterrent, keep your residence well lit to avoid potential issues
  • Keep your property free of debris, if it looks like you do not care about your property others will not care either

Exercising Outdoors

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • If using ear buds/headphones, keep the volume at a minimum to limit distractions
  • Vary your routine to avoid potential ambush situations
  • Exercise in pairs if possible
  • If exercising at night, wear reflective material
  • Let someone know you are exercising at night and let them know when you are home safe
  • Carry a phone, identification, and a small amount of cash in case of need

Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Obey traffic controls
  • Avoid distracting behaviors (taking on phone, using ipod/mp3 players, texting, etc)
  • If traveling at night, use well lit high traffic areas

Social Network Safety            

  • Do not accept friend requests from people you don’t know
  • Avoid posting personal information (location, who you’re with, etc)
  • Make sure privacy settings are up to date (privacy settings change on a regular basis even without your knowledge)


  • Do Not give money to panhandlers as this encourages future activity
  • Avoid confrontations with homeless persons; be prepared to deescalate in situations when tempers rise
  • If confronted, call the police as soon as possible with a detailed description
  • Know the local shelters to refer homeless persons to get necessities:

Local Shelters

Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries – 418 North Broadway Knoxville, TN 37917 Phone: (865) 673-6540
Salvation Army – 409 N. Broadway Knoxville, TN 37917 Phone: (865) 525-9401
Volunteer Ministry Center – 410 W Jackson Ave Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 546-5579