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Be Safe: Personal Security Tips That Can Reduce Your Risk of Becoming a Crime Victim.

Security Conscious Part1:

We are in the era, where insecurity is the order of the day. The whole world are currently wedging war against some popular crimes like Rape, Kidnap, Assassination, Theft, ETC.

This week therefore, we shall be making articles basically on Personal Security Tips, aiming to ensure the safety of everyone and to reduce the actualization of crimes by the criminal.

Read, Put into practice, Share and Remain safe.

Criminals are constantly surveying the environment for an opportunity to commit crimes. Thieves will look for a running vehicle, or an individual who leaves their valuables in the backseat of their vehicle.

Criminal opportunity is accomplished by a lack of witnesses, or the creation of an easy target. The probability of being detected influences a criminal's decision to commit a crime. Increasing witness potential is one way to reduce criminal opportunity, but being more observant and aware of surroundings is another proactive method of enhancing your security. Don't make it easy for the criminal to make you a victim!

Personal Security Tips:


Be alert and aware:  While you are walking, keep your mind on what is going on around you. Knowing who is near is the first step to being secure. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, move in the direction of other people.

Display confidence: Don't walk as if you are afraid of the area, rather, walk with purpose and boldness, scan the area around you and make casual eye contact with others to display confidence. This reduces your chances of being targeted by criminals. Don't wear shoes or clothing that restrict your movements.

Keep your hands free: Carrying items makes you a more vulnerable target for criminals. Backpacks are safer and should be worn on your back, keeping your arms and hands free. Avoid text messaging or lengthy cell phone use while walking alone. Be extra alert; know who and what are around you at all times.

Trust your instincts: If you have an intuitive feeling something is wrong, trust your instincts. React immediately and take action to reduce your risk. Many individuals suppress these feelings, because they fear their response will offend someone. React to your instincts and don't worry about someone else's feelings. If someone approaches you and you feel uncomfortable, move or ask for assistance. Call the Police immediately about all suspicious activity.

Ask for help: If you feel vulnerable, ask Police or Security to escort you to your car. This is often another fear individuals have, that they may inconvenience someone for something that did not exist. It is recommended that you save security agent's number into your cell phones; and please don't save it with "Police or Security".

Closely guard your personal effects: Always closely guard your personal belongings. Carry your purse close to your body. Place one end of the purse in the palm of your hand and the other in the bend of the elbow. Never carry a purse by the handle or wrap the strap around your body.

Thefts of personal items such as purses can result in more criminal opportunities such as Residential Burglary: Your driver's license, vehicle registration and other information will most likely have your home address. If you're at the shopping center, the criminal will know you are not at home.

Avoid targeted areas: Travel on populated, well-lit streets. If possible, travel with a friend. Traveling in groups of two or more significantly reduces your chances of becoming a victim of crime. Most assaults happen to lone victims. Stay near people. Walking in deserted areas invites trouble. Avoid shortcuts and traveling using the same route and time daily.

Be specific with your movements: Let someone know where you are going and when you'll be back. Call if you're going to be late or changing destination.

Avoid moving around with huge cash: Plan purchases in advance and carry only the amount of cash necessary to make the purchases. If you must carry a large sum of money, divide the cash between your purse, wallet, pockets and other areas.

If you are carrying a wallet, carry it in the breast pocket of your jacket or in your side pants pocket. The rear trouser pocket is one of the easiest to pick. Let cashless transaction be your policy if possible.

In Conclusion:

If someone tries to rob you, do the followings:

1. If the attacker has a weapon and only wants your money or possessions, don't fight back. Your life and safety are more important.

2. Try not to panic. Look at the attacker carefully so you can give a good description to the police. But don't withstand his eyeballs.

3. If you had known the attacker before, pretend as if you can't recognize him, close your eyes and bring your face down to the ground.

4. Don't run after an armed thief if you haven't seen any near help, he might get angry and injure you.

5. Immediately report the crime to the police. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.

6. Don't announce to anyone that your house key is faulty, you might be giving an easy clue to a criminal unknowingly.

May God Almighty grant us safety in all our daily endeavours... Amen.

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