If you live in Washington, D.C., you have every reason to be extra cautious this week. Crime has intensified over the past few days with a rash of stabbings and other violent and criminal acts. While DC is not a crime-free city, this is a large spike in crime is taking the city by surprise. Among the crimes reported over the past few days are multiple incidents of stabbing, gunshots, arson, assault, and armed robberies. The police have been very responsive according to the Washington Post, and have made a number of arrests.
In order to stay safe in your Washington, D.C. neighborhood, we recommend following these personal safety suggestions:
- Don’t listen to music while you walk down the street. Headphones can block important noises and auditory clues that will help you avoid trouble.
- Don’t walk alone down dark side streets late t night. If possible, take as many main streets as possible, even if the walk is a little longer.
- Always keep your doors locked, even if you are home in the middle of the day, or you are just stepping out to get the mail.
- Always have your car keys in your hand when walking to your car. It will help you get in your car faster, and the keys can be used in self defense.
- Make sure your cell phone has an ICE number – In Case of Emergency – so someone you know can be called.
- Follow your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s not. If you get a funny feeling, you should alter your plans and avoid a specific situation, location, or transportation mode.
You can also click here to see the LifeShield Washington, D.C. Crime map and get a real picture of crime in your neighborhood.