Assault is a tort and occurs when a person intentionally places another in a state of fear. There are three types of assault: Simple Assault, Assault and Battery and Aggravated Assault. Each type of assault is intended to instill fear and may even involve physical pain against another person. Attempted aggravated assault that involves the display of/or threat to use a gun, knife, or other weapon is included in crime category because serious personal injury would likely result if the assault were completed. The basic rules of prevention are to be sensible and to be alert. The following tips will also help reduce the risk of assault.
- If possible, don’t walk alone during late night hours. Walk in groups whenever you can, there is always safety in numbers.
- Let a family member or friend know your destination and your estimated time of arrival or return.
- If you have to walk in the street, walk facing traffic. A person walking with traffic can be followed, forced into a car, and abducted more easily than a person walking against traffic.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are wearing headphones, don’t turn up the volume so high that you cannot hear outside noises.
- Before entering your vehicle, check for offenders hiding in the back seat or on the floor. When driving, always park in well-lit places and lock your doors.
- Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible. Avoid alleys, vacant lots, wooded areas, and other short-cuts or secluded areas.
- Crime prevention and awareness, as well as consistent reporting, may be the strongest defenses against becoming the victim of an assault.