Install Home Security
It’s simple, but it’s one of those personal safety tips that works well for anyone. Home security systems almost always deter anyone who hopes to do harm unto you or your home. Even the placement of a home security sign in the yard is enough to make a criminal with ill-intent think twice. They’re not good people, but they don’t want to risk the law finding them.
Don’t Walk or Jog Alone
In a world where exercise is so important, it’s just as important to know you shouldn’t jog or walk alone. This is especially important for anyone who prefers to jog or walk in an underpopulated area. Pick a friend or family member to go with you. You can also buy a treadmill or run at the gym.
Park in the Light
Even if you arrive at the mall or supermarket or in the light of day, park under a light so your car is well lit if you take longer than you originally thought. A person walking alone in a dark parking lot is a prime target for those with impure intentions. If you are well-lit and make it possible for a criminal to be seen, you are less likely to become a victim.
Get off the phone when you’re walking alone outside a store or in a parking lot. You might want to send that text while you’re not driving, but you don’t want to make yourself look distracted. Criminals love a person who isn’t paying attention. Walk quickly and with purpose, have your keys already in hand, and have your cell phone in your hand ready to make an emergency call, but don’t allow yourself to become distracted.
Rely on Your Gut Instinct
Lock Your Doors
It’s simple common sense, but many people forget to lock their doors. Whether it’s your car doors or your house, lock it all when you’re not home, when you are home, and as soon as you get into the car. Even if your doors lock automatically when you begin to drive, that’s too late to keep you safe in many situations.
Keep Personal Information Private
Social media is a myriad of personal information. Be sure you keep your street name, house number, personal cell phone number, address, and even the name of your kids’ schools off social media. Don’t tag yourself at any of these places or post photos with any of this personal information in them. Never let people know you’re out of town, either.
Be Wary at Gas Stations
There’s a myriad of criminals waiting for drivers to become distracted at the pump while they simply open doors on the other side of a vehicle to steal wallets, electronics, and handbags. When you get out of the car, lock it immediately. Even if you’re standing right there, this is one of the most important safety tips you can practice.
Ask for Help
If it’s dark, or your hands are full, or you’re going to be standing at the trunk for a period of time unloading your car, ask a store employee or security guard for assistance. Keeping you safe is a priority for all security and store employees, and they are happy to help you get to your car safety when it’s dark.
When you’re out, stick together. Never walk to cars alone, never go to the bathroom alone, and never separate yourself from your group. Criminals prefer to stick with lone targets rather than big groups. This could be the difference between life and death.
These personal safety tips are important enough to implement right now, but sometimes you just want to make it a goal to stay safer in the New Year.