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Personal Safety and Awareness Tips
Post by Bryan Buckner
Your safety is important to us and should be priority number one for you. You could become the next crime statistic or you can adopt some no-nonsense suggestions to help ensure personal security. General Awareness and Safety
- Always trust your "gut". If you feel that a situation is not safe go with your intuition and get to safety.
- Open your eyes and be aware of individuals around you and listen to how you feel about them.
- Train yourself to utilize your senses to always be aware of what is going on around you.
- Personal information is just that...be very careful before giving out personal information or information about what your day entails.
- If you are planning go somewhere you don't normally go or somewhere that others would not expect; make sure to let someone know where you'll be and when you should return.
- When arriving after dark, make sure to think ahead to ensure you drive up on a well lit home.
- It is very easy to see in through windows at night; keep your windows locked and blinds or curtains closed.
- Have a plan for how you want to answer the door. If you have a peep hole use it. If you have young children it is wise to make a rule that they don't answer to door. If a service worker that you don't recognize and did not expect appears at the door make sure to ask for identification.
- Get to know your neighbors; consider starting a neighborhood watch program. At the very least take each others contact information. Should you recognize something that doesn't look or see right notify your neighbors and police.
- Locate your keys before you go outside to your car. Consider carrying pepper spray and have it in your hand and ready to use.
- As simple as it sounds, lock your doors when leaving the vehicle.
- Fill up the gas tank prior getting below a quarter tank. Always be aware of your fuel level.
- Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle just in case. Should you break down stay in the vehicle with doors locked and immediately call for help.
- If someone wants your vehicle it is safest to give it to them without resistance. Try to communicate with them and let them know exactly what your doing, for example. “Okay, let me unbuckle my seat belt” and “My child is in the back seat, please let me get her out.” Your safety is worth much more than a vehicle.