Risk Management strives to protect Montgomery County Government against the financial consequences of accidental loss
and to preserve County assets and public service capabilities from loss, destruction, or depletion.
- to increase awareness of safety in all departments and to build a safer environment for its employees and
- to eliminate, minimize, or control the conditions and practices which cause losses
- to secure insurance coverage to assist with the financial burden of inevitable loss at a reasonable cost
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- Be Safe on the Internet
- If you receive harassing e-mails or are the victim of cyberstalking, contact the harasser’s ISP (for
example: Yahoo!, AOL, or MSN) and report it. Then block the harasser using the filters in your e-mail
- If the harassment exists in a chat room or on an instant message service, go offline immediately and
change your online identity.
- Online, never share identifying information about yourself, such as your address, phone number, or place
of employment, and don’t get too specific with your online dating summary or social network page. For
instance, never mention that you live across the street from a popular restaurant or that you work in a
certain office building.
- Be Safe on a Trip
- In a hotel elevator, stand as close as possible to the panel of buttons. If you feel threatened, hit as
many floors’ buttons as possible. You can try to get off when the doors open, or if you can’t get off,
try to get someone’s attention when the doors open on each floor.
- If you’re in a country where you don’t speak the language, take a matchbook or business card from your
hotel that you can show to a taxi driver to find your way back to the hotel.
- Hanging a purse off the back of a restaurant chair or laying it on a bar, especially in tourist
destinations, is almost asking a thief to take it. Instead, place your bag in your lap or wrap its strap
around your leg.
- If you call 911 from your home phone, the police know where you are. With a cell phone, this is not
always the case. Tell the operator your location first, even before reporting the situation.
- Be Safe on the Street
- Hold your keys in your hand as you approach your car. You are most vulnerable getting into or out of
- Check the backseat before you get in the car, even if you left it locked.
- Don’t sit in your car in a parking lot. A predator may be watching you, and this is the perfect time for
him to make a move. Lock the door, turn on the ignition, and drive away.
- If you are walking down the street and a person in a car asks you for directions, do not approach the
car. Yell the instructions from a distance or simply say you don’t know.
- If someone attacks you, first go for their eyes, and then scratch them with your nails to leave an
identifying mark. If attacked from behind, use your elbow. It is one of the most powerful points on your
- Never carry your house keys and an ID with your home address in the same bag. If a person grabs your
purse, they’ll have your keys and know where you live.
- If someone asks for your wallet or purse, toss it one way, run in the other direction, and make a lot of
noise. Most thieves are more interested in your valuables than in you.
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