Telephones at Home
- List only your surname and initials in the telephone book.
- If you have a touch phone, program emergency numbers into the speed dial.
- Have a phone extension in your bedroom.
- When using an answering machine avoid recording messages which state "there
is no one home right now" or that intimate you live on your own.
- Check the caller's identity before revealing your name or number.
- Consider listing your phone number on the DO NOT CALL Register to stop annoying calls.
- If you receive an obscene telephone call, remain calm. You may choose to hang
up or blow a shrill whistle into the mouthpiece. If the calls continue notify
the Police or your phone company.
- When going out always carry correct change or a phone card for a phone call.
You may need to call a taxi, friend, family member or Security if you are stranded.
- Be alert, when using a public telephone. When you have dialled, turn your back
to the phone and speak looking outwards.
- If someone tries to get into the phone booth, sit down and brace yourself
against the door if one is fitted.
- If threatened phone 000, a free call to the Police.