CONTACT: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J.—You can reduce your chances of being a victim of crime by taking a number of reasonable precautions, and Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and County Sheriff Kevin Larkin encourage Mercer County residents to take advantage of one of the free personal safety classes being offered at Mercer County Connection.

The seminars, conducted by Mercer County Sheriff’s Officers, will focus on identifying potentially dangerous situations and reducing the likelihood of becoming a criminal’s target. “The harder you make it for a criminal to make you a victim, the more likely it is you will be left alone. These courses aim to educate participants about steps they can take to minimize the chances of victimization,” Hughes stressed.

Added Larkin, “Unfortunately, a completely risk-free environment will never exist, but my officers can teach you how to avoid behaviors that make you vulnerable and how to prepare for the unexpected.”

Participants will learn:

  • How to be aware of their surroundings
  • How to develop awareness and avoidance skills
  • What street predators look for in a victim
  • How to avoid fitting a victim profile
  • How to quickly escape danger in the event of an assault

The information sessions will be held Thursday, August 13, 11 a.m. to noon or 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mercer County Connection, Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, Hamilton, in the Acme Shopping Center. Participants will receive a free personal alarm system.

A reservation is not necessary, but in order to have sufficient materials on hand, the Sheriff’s Office asks that you register by calling the County Connection at (609) 890-9800.