Office of Capitol Police Safety Tips

Personal Safety:

  • Avoid walking alone, especially at night. Call Capitol Police (601-359-3125) for an escort, if necessary.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid unpopulated and poorly or unlit areas after dark.
  • If you feel you are being followed, change direction and walk towards a populated area.
  • If you are confronted, don’t panic. YELL! Use your adrenaline to your advantage.
  • If assaulted, call Capitol Police (601-359-3125) as soon as possible.
  • When ever possible, use the buddy system and try not to walk alone.

Employee Responsibility:
Maintaining a safe workplace requires the efforts of everyone. Employees are expected to:

  • Lock the doors to their vehicles.
  • Not prop open doors or entrances.
  • Not allow strangers to enter a card access door with you.
  • Call Capitol Police (601-359-3125) for assistance when needed.
  • Walk with others at night.
  • Immediately report suspicious persons/activities to Capitol Police.
  • Take appropriate steps to secure personal property like computers, car, jewelry, stereos, cell phones, etc.
  • Provide input to DFA/Capitol Police about how the Capitol Complex can be made safer.

Safety Around the Vehicle:

  • Always park in lighted areas.
  • Always lock your vehicle.
  • Look around and under your vehicle during your approach.
  • Check the front and back seats before you enter the vehicle.
  • As soon as you are safely inside, lock the door.
  • Never pick up a stranger.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.

Vehicle Theft / Burglary Prevention:

  • Record the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), license plate numbers and photo of vehicle (if available). Keep this record stored in a safe place, other than the vehicle.
  • Never leave your keys in an unattended vehicle.
  • Keep all valuables out of sight. Lock them in the trunk when possible.
  • LOCK IT! When you are in it and when you leave it.
  • When walking, stay alert and always be aware of your surroundings and the people nearby. Walk with confidence. Show that you are in control. Body language is important in discouraging aggression.
  • Walk with a friend whenever possible. Stay clear of isolated or poorly lighted areas.
  • If you think someone is following you, abruptly change directions. If you are still being followed, go to the nearest public place and ask for help.
  • If you don’t want to walk in the area after dark, call a friend or Capitol Police for an escort.