The largest obstacle to personal safety is you. Many people think “It can’t happen to me” or “what’s going to happen, is going to happen”.
An attack against you or your family, a fire in your home or office, a potential fatal auto incident, or some other disaster can take place at any time. But you have the power to be IN CHARGE of what happens to you and your family by taking active responsibility for your own security.
Use quality locks on all entrances, including service doors and gates.
Don’t leave keys “hidden” outside of your home.
Keep doors locked even when you or family are at home.
Do not leave your keys next to a window to be seen from outside.
Regularly check door locks and keys for function and account for all keys.
Install a key lock on your fuse boxes or power panel and other external power sources.
If you have bars on your windows, review fire safety and escape routes with your family.
If you have security alarms, check and use them.
Keep at least one fire extinguisher on each floor, in addition to one in the kitchen.
Regularly check smoke detectors and the replace batteries.
Vary daily routines and avoid predictable behavior patterns.
Know where your family members are at all times.
Security for Children
Teach your children rules on how to stay safe at home and while in school.
Kids, even young ones, should know their name, address, and phone number.
Never answer the door to strangers.
Where to find local emergency phone numbers or how to dial 911.
How to get out of the house, where to go and who to contact in case of emergency.
Caution teenagers about “blind dates” or meeting someone they do not know or someone they met on the internet.
Do not give out personal information to any stranger at the door, over the phone or on the internet, such as home address, absence of adults, etc..
Say no to strangers or even people they know if they are uncomfortable with the situation.
In the Office
Never leave your keys, purse or wallet in plain view
Clearly mark your personal property
Do not leave cash or valuables at the office
If you work late, find a coworker or a security guard to walk you out
Be aware of escape routes for emergencies
Don’t be a victim of crime
Be aware of people around you
Avoid locations and situations which make you a target, such as alley ways and dark parking lots
You are IN CHARGE of your own PERSONAL SECURITY!