Visitation at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility has been temporarily suspended beginning July 30, 2021 until further notice due to COVID 19.
Dress for Shopping
Wear comfortable clothing with a number of pockets.
You can carry your money, ID and credit cards in your pocket.
Avoid flashy jewelry whether it is real or costume.
Comfortable shoes are a must.
Avoid Purses and Wallets
Leave your hands free to deal with kids and
packages, etc. Definitely avoid shoulder purses
of any kind. If you must carry a purse, carry a
short strap hand held purse. Carry only the
essentials in your small purse or fanny pack that
you can keep close to your body.
For men, Instead of a wallet, secure your cash in
a money clip in your front pocket. If you must
carry a wallet, wear snug fitting pants or carry
it in your coat breast pocket so that you would
feel if someone tried to steal it out of your
Cash, Checks, Credit Cards
Carry cash in denominations no larger than a
$20.00 bill. If your bank gives you larger
denominations, have them exchange it before you
Carry your cash in various locations on your body
such as pockets, socks, bras, etc. Never pull all
of your cash out at once.
If you carry a check book, make sure that you keep
up with the check numbers and the recipients.
This will assist you in cancelling your checks.
Carry only the credit cards that you need while
you are shopping. Always log your credit card
numbers with the 800 numbers and keep them in a
safe place or e-mail them to yourself and file the
information in an electronic folder just in case
you have to cancel them.
Lock Your Vehicle Doors At All Times
Most vehicles with electric door locks can be
set to stay locked when you put your car in park.
You should only unlock your door from inside
Parking Lot Etiquette
Drive around a parking lot and make sure
that there are no suspicious activities going on
before you park.
If you are going to be returning to your
vehicle after dark, park in a well lit area.
Landmark yourself so you can return to
your vehicle easily.
Have everything in your hands before you
get out of your vehicle.
Look around to see if it is safe to exit.
Exit quickly, lock your door and proceed
to your destination.
Keep your keys in your hand in case you
have to use them as a defense weapon.
Walk in the center of the drive. If a
vehicle approaches, step to the driver’s side of
the approaching vehicle and let it pass. Then
return to the center of the drive. If someone is
crouched down behind a parked vehicle, this action
would make them run to you instead of you going
Make good eye contact with people and
issue a verbal acknowledgment. This lets the
potential attacker know that you have seen them
and may possibly recognize them again.
When Returning to Your Vehicle
Have your keys in hand, quickly enter
into your vehicle and leave.
DO NOT sit and arrange packages, make
phone calls or put on make-up. This allows a
potential attacker time to approach you.
Entering Into Your Vehicle
Do not activate your remote keyless entry
until you are even with the back of your vehicle.
If done any sooner, someone could enter into your
vehicle before you do.
If You Are Attacked
Do not resist. There is nothing in your
packages, purse or wallet that is worth your life.
If you are forced into a physical
confrontation to protect yourself or others,
scream to call attention to yourself.
You can use your keys or thumbs to gouge
the attacker’s eyes
Use the heel of your hand to jam the
attacker’s nose or adam’s apple
Knee the groin area or stomp down on top
of the attacker’s foot. The purpose of these
defense tactics is to stun your attacker so that
you may make a quick escape.
Describe You Attacker
Race, gender, height, weight, identifying features
such as scars, marks, tattoo's and other oddities,
glasses, clothing (particularly pants and shoes),
vehicle descriptions and direction of travel.
Strength in Numbers
Shop with others. If you are by yourself
and feel apprehensive about returning to a parking
lot, ask for an escort from security or a store
Do Not Leave Valuables Visible in Your Vehicle
Cash, purses, coins, jewelry, cell
phones, camera's, backpacks, GPS systems and
laptop computers are very popular items.
Make Sure That You Are Not Followed
If you think that you are being followed…DO NOT
Call 911 on your cell phone, know your
location and remain on the phone.
If you do not have a cell phone, drive
around until you see a Police Officer or go
through a fast food drive thru window (one that is
clear) and ask the clerk to get a description of
the vehicle if they can and call the Police for
Always See That No One Enters Your Garage
Exit your vehicle only after you know
that things are secure.
911 is a Free Call on Your Cell Phone
cell phones with no data service can be used to
call 911. Keep a cell phone charged and with you
if at all possible.