Safety Tips for School

Don’t double park
Don’t load or unload across the street from the school
Carpool to reduce the number of cars near school

Don’t block the crosswalk
Always stop for school patrol officer or crossing guard
Slow down
Take extra care to watch for children
Don’t honk horn to scare pedestrians
Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians

Never pass a school bus from behind if it is stopped to load or unload children
If the yellow or red lights are flashing must in both directions
Stop at least 10 feet from the rear of a school bus
Be alert

Never text and drive
Never walk and text
Never cross the street while using an electronic device
Do not walk with headphones
When possible walk on sidewalks, if you must walk on the street walk facing traffic
Look left, then right, then left again
Cross only in crosswalks

No electronic devices while driving
No extra passengers
No speeding
No alcohol
No driving or riding without a safety/seat belt BUCKLE UP


  • Getting on the bus:
    When waiting for the bus stay away from traffic
    Do not stray onto the street, alley, or private property
    Line-up away from traffic
    Wait until the bus has stopped and opened the door
    Use the handrail when boarding
  • Behavior on the bus:
    Wear seat belts if available
    Don’t speak or make loud noises
    Don’t put your hands, head, or arms out of the window
    Keep the aisle ways clear of books, clothing, legs and feet.
    Get all of your belongings together before you reach your bus stop
    Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before leaving your seat
  • Getting off the bus:
    Use the handrail
    Make sure the bus driver can see you
    Wait for a signal from the bus driver before crossing in front of the bus
    Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street

Safety Tips for Drivers

Be extra cautious in school zones, playgrounds, and parks – all year around
Watch for children when backing up – check behind vehicles

Safety Tips for Parents

Use marked crosswalks only
Make eye contact with driver before crossing, even with the Walk signal
Walk, don’t run – Stop, Look, and Listen
Avoid shortcuts between parked cars or through parking lots

Safety Tips for Vacationers

Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your house and leave your contact information and itinerary
Do not announce your time away on social media or via your phone answering machine
Do tell your local sheriff’s office about extended trips and contact your Neighborhood Watch
For extended trips, leave your curtains open/closed as they would normally be to avoid suspicion, but keep valuables out of sight
Put interior house lights on a timer
Stop mail and newspaper delivery unless a neighbor can retrieve them
In cold weather, ask neighbors to check faucets
Unplug electrical devices
Do not hide spare keys on the premises

Don’t be a Victim of Telemarketing

According to the Federal Trade Commission, nearly 25 million Americans are victims of consumer fraud each year. Studies have shown that fraudulent telemarketers direct anywhere from 56 to 80 percent of their calls to older Americans. These con artists believe that senior citizens are vulnerable and more susceptible to their tricks. The National Crime Prevention Council offers the following tips to help seniors be shrewd and savvy consumers:

  • Offers too good to be true usually are. Ask to receive the unbelievable deal or the amazing prize offer in writing so you can read it carefully before making a commitment.
  • Never give out your personal information over the phone or internet unless you have initiated the contact. Legitimate business callers will never ask you for this over the phone
  • If a caller asks you to pay for an offer in advance or asks for your credit card number or Social Security number tell the person you don’t give out personal information over the telephone.

Find out more on the National Crime Prevention Council Web site: Please note the BSSA NEVER solicits by telephone.

Child Safety

The Sheriffs of Ohio are leaders in protecting children from online predators and other threats to their safety.
Your local Sheriff’s Office website can tell you more about the programs serving your community. As a group, the sheriffs support the NetSmartz program through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Keep your Identity to yourself

According to the Federal Trade Commission, an estimated 10 million Americans become victims of identity theft each year.
Victims report spending up to 30 hours cleaning up after an identity crime at an average cost of $500.00
Be aware of some of the ways identity thieves commit their crimes:

  • They steal credit card payments and other outgoing mail from private, curbside mailboxes
  • They dig through garbage cans or communal dumpsters in search of cancelled checks, credit card and bank statements, and pre-approved credit card offers
  • They hack into computers that contain personal records and steal the data
  • They file a change of address form in the victim’s name to divert mail and gather personal and financial data

For more information on protecting yourself, visit the National Crime Prevention Council Web site:


A crime committed or facilitated via the internet is a cybercrime. Follow these tips from the National Crime Prevention Council to stay safe online:

  • Keep your computer systems up to date. Cyber criminals will use software flaws to attack computer systems frequently and anonymously
  • Choose strong passwords and protect them. Using the same password for various sites increases the risk of exploitation
  • Never write a password down or leave it near the system it is intended to protect
  • Install or update your antivirus software
  • Read the fine print on website privacy policies

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Avoid Money Scams

Citizens should be aware of financial scams. Consider visiting the Federal Trade Commission website called, Money Matters. The site is filled with tips and warning signs for consumers about money scams. The FTC especially wants people to be aware of businesses who promise to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. The website has information on scams, credit cards, managing money, dealing with debt and individual jobs.
Find it at: http:/

Personal Safety Tips

Follow these personal safety tips from the National Crime Prevention Council to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime:

  • Ask law enforcement for a free home security survey
  • Trim the shrubbery around your doors and windows so crooks don’t have a place to hide
  • Do not give out personal information over the phone, over the internet or through the mail unless you have initiated the contact or know with whom you are dealing
  • If you are senior, use direct deposit for your social security checks and other regular payments
  • When traveling, carry only the credit and ATM cards you absolutely need. Leave others at home, safely stored.

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