Don’t just Plan ahead – CALL ahead.
Simple practices like keeping our families and colleagues apprised of our whereabouts are part of that consideration in reducing the chances that you’d be put in a situation where you’d need to use your Pepper Spray for self-defense.
- When you leave your residence for the office:
- call to let them know what time you are leaving and provide them your ETA (estimated time of arrival)
- Alternately, when leaving the office for home:
- if you have a family member or friend at home, call ahead and tell them what time you're leaving and giving an ETA (Freniere, 2010).
Most of us do not have to routinely worry about being in areas associated with high levels of risk such as kidnappings or hostage situations. More likely, you might find yourself visiting or working in a place where crime is considered high, or there have been recent reports of threats of some nature (MSNBC.com, 2010).
Yet even in neighborhoods and environments widely regarded as “safe,” it doesn’t hurt to follow certain habits and practices. No place is ever exempt, as we are reminded with recent reports at locations from Minnesota to Maryland, of attacks and attempted attacks on residents bothered by Peeping Tom incidents (MSNBC.com, 2010). All of us are potentially vulnerable.
This type of thinking may sound far-fetched, but always – better safe than sorry.
- MSNBC.com video clip viewed 6/25/2010 re: Peeping Tom et al cases in US.
- Nonlethal Weapons for Law Enforcement: Research Needs Priorities, U.S. Department of Justice, 1982.