You Can Do
to Be Safer
Life can be hectic. Too often we’re trying to do a million things at once and don’t realize what’s going on around us. We put ourselves at risk when we’re not paying attention. While multitasking is usually one of our strong points, this could ultimately put us in jeopardy. So no more wiping the baby’s drool while talking on your cell phone to a client…while searching through your handbag for the car keys.
Here’s 7 reminders to help you make your safety your top priority.
#1 Guard Your Handbag
Be mindful of how you carry your handbag and where you set it down. Not only can thieves get your cash and valuables from your bag, but the information in your wallet can be used to steal your identity. Not to mention that the keys to your home (along with your address) and vehicles are in your handbag as well.
#2 Be Alert in Parking Lots
Safety in parking lots is extremely important. From grocery stores to shopping malls, make it a point to be more aware. Park as close to the building as possible and always in a well-lit area. Avoid parking near larger vehicles that block your view. Lock your doors immediately after you’ve gotten in.
#3 Rethink Package Deliveries
We’ve all seen those videos of thieves who steal packages right off the doorsteps of unsuspecting residents. If possible plan to have your deliveries made when someone will be home to accept them. If you can’t, try to have them delivered to your workplace or make arrangements with a neighbor to watch for the package. Items left at your door let thieves know when you’re not home (and when you are).
#4 Don’t Leave Items in Your Vehicle
While it may be tempting to leave your shopping bags in the back seat and head to that next sale, this is a no-no. Valuables in parked cars are easy targets for thieves. Always put your bags in the trunk. Suggestion: Try using the concierge service – lots of malls have this – where you can leave your bags with them and keep on shopping.
#5 Be Cautious When Traveling
While we tend to be more comfortable in our daily surroundings, this can also make us complacent. So when you’re travelling, be even more vigilant – from making sure your vehicle is in good shape for a long road trip to being alert in a busy airport. Also simple things like remembering to hide your pin when you’re making a purchase and the more difficult stuff like choosing a safe taxi in another country. Be aware and go with your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, pay attention – trust your instincts.
#6 Pack Lightly
Make it a point to only bring what you really need in your purse. Avoid carrying excessive valuables or important documents like social security cards, passports, etc. when you don’t need to. Keep these items safely at home (or in your hotel room safe) so they won’t be at risk for theft.
#7 Hang Up the Phone
Q: What do you think is the biggest distraction on the planet today?
A: The Cell Phone.
Some of us are so distracted by our phones that we don’t pay enough attention to what’s going on around us. Hang up and be more aware of your surroundings.
Be smart. Always be alert. Stay safe!