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Sex Attacks Can Happen Anywhere

Some tips to protect yourself at home

(HealthDayNews) -- Many women take precautions against being attacked when they go out. And rightly so. Unfortunately, many sex attacks occur in the home.

The Porter County (Ind.) Sheriff's Department says women can take steps to secure their homes:

  • Make sure you have effective locks on doors and windows and use them;
  • Install a peephole on your door and never let a stranger in;
  • If you live alone, use only your first initial and last name on mailboxes and in phone books;
  • If a stranger seeks to come in claiming an emergency, offer to call for help without opening the door.

If you live in an apartment, avoid the laundry room and garage at night if you are alone. And, finally, if you come home and find any signs of forced entry, don't go inside. Instead, call the police and wait outside for them.

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