Everyone needs to think about being the victim of a crime in this unstable economy. Crime is on the rise in almost every city in the country and can happen to anyone at anytime in any place. People need to learn how to be proactive before they become a victim and not reactive because they are a victim.
Fear doesn’t just go away overnight, but it can be diminished. Step by step, little by little, one move at a time, one day at a time. Make a commitment to yourself, “I won’t let ____ stop me.” No matter what ‘it’ is. It may slow you down, but don’t let it stop you. Any step you take is progress. Every step you make is progress. Just keep on stepping.
When you park look around the surroundings and make a plan for where you can go for safety and how to call for help. Always try to walk with a friend, co-worker, or a security officer. Give them a ride back to the main entrance so they do not have to walk back alone.
Don’t talk on your cell phone while walking. This may make you feel safer, but a distracted person makes a better target for a thief or a rapist. Don’t let yourself be a target.
You can buy a personal alarm that doubles as a door alarm. As a personal alarm it activates when the strap attached to the alarm pin is pulled. You can also hang this device over the knob of any non-metallic door, the device will activate instantly as soon as an intruder touches your door. These dual-alarms make good travel security for hotels, dorm rooms, and extra safety in threatening situations.
When parking anywhere, ensure that you leave your vehicle under a light or near adequate lighting. If walking to and from the car, ensure that the path is well lit all the way.
Keeping fit, being active both physically and mentally can help protect us as we age. No matter the age, carrying some type of small, easy to use self defense weapon will also remind us to be aware of our surroundings.