There are no guarantees of personal safety in any environment. It is incumbent upon each individual to safeguard themselves against becoming the victim of a crime. One of the top ways to maximize your safety and minimize your risk is to follow some very simple rules
Common Precautions for Personal Safety
- Walk with someone whenever possible.
- Always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you, no matter whether it is day or night.
- Use well-lighted, well-traveled routes. Avoid dark, vacant or deserted areas.
- Walk with confidence. Show that you are aware and in control. Body language works.
- Trust your instincts. If someone or something makes you feel uneasy, get out or get away.
- If you feel you are being followed, move to a well-lighted and populated area or building, such as a store or restaurant, and call for assistance.
- If you are out and about after hours, stay alert.
- Lock office doors
- Call Security (where available) if you see or hear anything suspicious.
- Tell a friend, colleague or Security (where available) where you are and when you plan to leave.
- Arrange to meet a friend or request an escort from Security (where available) when you leave.
- When you are out by car, park in well-lighted areas. Avoid parking in secluded parts of a parking lot. Stick to high traffic areas.
- When out shopping, don’t carry large bundles or packages. It distracts you from your surroundings and makes you a potential target for a thief.
Common Precautions for Home/Business Safety
While it’s difficult to protect your home and business from professional thieves, most home burglaries are done by amateurs. These thieves are more easily thwarted if you employ some of these simple security precautions:
- Install a home alarm system
- Lock up your home, even if you go out only for a short time. Many burglars just walk in through an unlocked door or window.
- Change all the locks and tumblers when you move into a new house.
- For the most effective alarm system, conceal all wiring. A professional burglar looks for places where he or she can disconnect the security system.
- Your house should appear occupied at all times. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you’re not at home.
- Trees located near windows or shrubbery that might shield a burglar from view can be major flaws in your home-protection plan. Consider your landscaping plan in light of your protection needs.
- To help burglar-proof your home
- A door with too much space between the door and the frame is an invitation for the burglar to use a crowbar. Reinforce the door with a panel of 3/4-inch plywood or a piece of sheet metal.
- It’s easy for a burglar to pry through rot. Replace rotted door frames with new, solid wood.
- Protect your windows with one or more good locks, an alarm system, burglar-resistant glass, or many small panes instead of one large area of glass.
- When installing a window lock, drip some solder on the screw heads. It will stop a burglar from unscrewing the lock after cutting a small hole in the windowpane.