Personal Security

A crime occurs every minute in different parts of the world and they even happen in places that you think a crime could never be committed. Since no one is really assured of their own safety, it is very important to learn everything you can on how to keep your personal security since in the eyes of the criminal you are their next potential victim.

Personal Security

  • Never indicate you are home alone.
  • Do not open your door for just anyone. Install a viewer. Confirm credentials.
  • If there is an emergency and someone wants to use the phone, ask him/her to wait outside while you phone.
  • Do not rely on night chains. They can usually be broken with little effort.
  • Upon arriving home, if you think there is someone inside … GET OUT … THEN CALL THE POLICE.
  • When talking to unknown persons on the phone, do not give personal information.
  • When using answering machines say “I’m not available at this time”, not “There’s no one in at the moment”.
  • In the event of prowlers or “peeping toms”, call the police immediately. If you wish you can turn on your outside lights. This often scares prowlers away.
  • Do not dress in a manner that may attract criminals to you.
  • Do not carry more money or valuables than are necessary. Use Lynx, credit cards and then cash.
  • Avoid using ATM machines at night. When using the ATM, note the proximity of anyone who may be standing behind you.
  • Be aware of credit card fraud and identification theft. Your financial institution can assist you by giving you more information.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Take note of any suspicious persons, heavily tinted vehicles and dark areas. If you are suspicious of your environment, leave the area immediately.
  • Avoid strangers who approach you and offer unsolicited ‘deals’.
  • If you must walk, walk on the side of the street, facing oncoming traffic.
  • Walk away from the curb and carry your purse or briefcase on the side farthest from the curb. While walking, stay close to buildings and avoid shortcuts that involve dark areas.
  • If you are being followed on foot, cross the street and go to the nearest well-lit area, a residence or an open business.
  • If walking, be cautious of strange cars parked close to your home. We tend to be less vigilant as we approach home. Note license plate numbers of any unusual cars parked in your neighbourhood, especially if they have heavily tinted windows or individuals sitting inside. If you feel you are at risk, vary your daily routines.
  • Carry your cellular phone in your hand with key numbers already punched in.
  • Shop with a friend.
  • Avoid walking near parked cars, vans or shrubbery that may conceal criminals who could ambush you.
  • If you are physically challenged, be realistic about your limitations and make special allowances to avoid placing yourself at risk.
  • If an armed criminal confronts you, do not attempt to defend yourself unless you are trained to do so. Surrender your property and avoid being injured or at worst, murdered.
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