Personal security means more that simply hiring a bodyguard to keep you company - let’s be honest: most of us can’t afford a full-time bodyguard when we’re trying to live our lives. It can take more than just a dabble of observation to really feel confident in all situations. A concerted effort can be made, though, to keep you safe in most situations.
When out and about, you generally want to make sure that you don’t make yourself to be a target - people that appear to be observant and aware of their surroundings and what they are doing are far less likely to become victims of personal crime. This means, don’t show off jewelry, don’t be flashy with money, and don’t give out your address or phone number unless you know who you’re giving it to and are prepared to have them keep that information. Stay on well-lit streets at night, and stay with a group whenever possible while travelling on foot, otherwise take a licensed cab to avoid walking around altogether. In general, use common sense whether you are alone or in groups.Carrying a personal defense tool, like pepper spray, can buy you some time to escape in sticky situations, however, a better alternative is to learn one of the many martial arts of self-defense. Judo, jujitsu or aikido, for example, can be incredibly empowering to the individual, and they give you confidence in your daily life while allowing you to defend yourself when the need arises. If you have any diagnosed medical conditions or allergies, it can be virtually a requirement to have at a minimum a medical bracelet that identifies those concerns, as the bracelet will speak for you when you are unable to speak for yourself. People who live with a medical condition that affects their mobility should consider an emergency response system for their home. An unfortunate truth is that most accidents happen in the home, so be prepared to allow a way to call for help.
House breaks are one of the most common crimes. In many instances house break-ins are crimes of opportunity with entry gained through an open or unlocked door or window.
Property owners can greatly reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a burglary by implementing measures to improve the security of their home. These measures can be simple and don’t necessarily need to cost a lot of money. For example:
- Think of the ways that someone can break into your own home. Study your home and observe any weaknesses in its security.
- Lock your doors: Even if you may have grown up in a place where it was okay to leave your door unlocked, the world is different now.
- Lock the windows: Ground level windows and sliding doors are easy to open from the outside. A slightly more motivated thief will check.
- Lock the balcony door: Never leave the balcony door unlocked at night or when going out. Balconies could provide easy access to burglars.
- Lock garage doors: Garage doors provide access into your home, so treat them as any other door; make sure they are locked properly, as well as the door that leads from the garage room into your house.
- New home, new locks: When moving into a new residence, change all locks as you never know who has a copy of your key.
- Report strange things to the police: If you see a strange car driving through the neighborhood several times a day, report it! If someone is sitting in their car parked on your street for a long time, report it! A moving van at your neighbors house with no for sale sign, report it!
- Install security lighting to your yard: It is harder for a thief to break in if there are lights placed at entry points to your house.
- Change your lock if you ever lose your key. Someone else might have picked it up.
- Get a dog: A dog bark can serve as a warning and attract attention, something burglars try to avoid.
- Get safety bars on windows: Especially if your home is located in a bad area. These will prevent burglars from breaking in through the windows.
- Get a safe: A safe can help protect not only valuables but also important paperwork, cheque books, bank statements and financial records.
Combatant Guards Limited cares for the public safety especially for our customers, ensure that the outlined steps are put into consideration and properly applied.