It is a reality. People are being victimized or are being targeted to be victims each and every day. Burglary, theft, robbery, sexual assault or rape – follow us anywhere.
Preventing crime takes each individual person being responsible for their own safety and making wise choices. Those choices can include going out shopping at night to the landscape of your residential property. In the sections below, we offer a wide variety of safety tips for you as a person, your vehicle, your home, and your business.
To avoid becoming a victim, you need to take charge of your own safety. There are no guarantees, but actively tuning your thoughts and actions toward crime prevention and self-defense can help lower chances of becoming a casualty.
Experts give advice on ways to fend off criminals — and avoid danger in the first place. Always mind these personal safety awareness tips for various situations.
Make it your habit.
1. Make your guardedness your habit. Security has to be habitual. This means constantly training your brain and limbs to act defensively. It is more than just a few martial arts moves. It’s a way of life.
2. Trust your gut. Trust when something doesn’t seem right. Many times, your eyes, ears, nose, skin, and tongue will give clues indicating that something threatening is ahead. Another powerful indicator, widely known as a sixth sense, can also hint at danger.
3. Be aware of your surroundings. No matter how safe you think a neighborhood might be. Bad things happen in “safe” areas all the time.
4. Pay attention to the people around you. This advice is part of both listening to your instincts and being aware of your surroundings. You can often sense peoples’ intentions just by the way they look at you.
5. Act confident and focused. Just as you can sense people’s feelings, others can sense yours as well. Predators look for people who are meek, mild, weak, unfocused, and distracted. Criminals are looking for someone who they can take by surprise and will likely not resist.
6. Understand that alcohol or drugs can cloud judgment. Certain substances can certainly dull your senses and slow down your reaction time to danger. They can also lower other people’s inhibitions and make them more aggressive or belligerent. It is for this reason certain places like bars and pubs may present some danger, particularly if they’re crowded. Also mutual drinking can increase chances of rape or sexual assault among people who know each other.
7. Stay in well lit, populated pathways. Avoid shortcuts. If possible, travel in groups. There’s always safety in numbers.
8. Make eye contact. Walk with your head upright. Thieves often target victims who are not paying attention to their surroundings or who are looking down.
9. Be careful when using electronics on the streets, subways & buses. Don’t tune yourself out.
Don’t walk and text.
10. Avoid becoming a victim of “Apple Picking”. Change the color of your earphones from “White” to any other color. White earphones usually indicates that you have an Apple Device which is an attractive target for thieves.
11. Don’t display your cash or any other inviting targets like pagers, cell phones, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry and clothing.
12. In public transport carry your bag in front of you and keep it closed. Gentlemen, carry your wallet in your front pocket. Pickpockets thieves look like you and I and usually work in a team of two or three. In the majority of the incidents, the victim had their wallet removed from their backpack front compartment, a common location where people put their wallets.
Stay alert! Don’t doze or daydream.
13. Use well-lighted, busy stops. If you must get off at a little-used stop, try to arrange for a friend or an adult to meet you. Watch who gets off your stop with you.
14. Avoid traveling through parks and any desert places after dark.
15. Before entering your apartment building, have your keys ready. Don’t hold doors for anyone whom you don’t know.
16. Remove all valuables from your car. Don’t leave valuables visible. Lock your shopping packages in the trunk. Don’t keep spare keys inside the car.
17. Turn the ignition off and take your car keys with you, even if you just have to run inside for one minute.
18. Roll up the windows and lock car doors, even if you’re coming right back. Check inside and out before getting in.
Don’t pick up hitchhikers. Don’t hitchhike.
19. Lock your doors. Never leave your house open for “just a moment,” always lock your doors when you’re out.
20. Don’t hide a key outside. Burglars know all the secret hiding places
21. Install good exterior lighting. Motion sensor lights and other good lights don’t let a burglar hide in the dark.
22. Get a dog. Even a small dog may be a deterrent to a burglar.
23. Install An Alarm System. Houses with alarms are avoided by burglars.
Do not think because an accident hasn’t happened to you that it can’t happen. Carefulness costs you nothing. Carelessness may cost you your life.