Here’s a question for you: What steps do you take for your personal safety daily? Chances are you’ve probably never even thought about this question. However, the reality is that you should think about it everyday of your life, because there are some ugly stats about your risks and other dangers. Did you know that you are:
· - 52 times more likely to experience violence than you are to be seriously injured in a car accident
· - 229 times more likely to violently attacked than your house to catch fire
· - 1000 times more likely to be killed or maimed in an attack than to die in a plane crash These truths are pretty troubling, right? Fortunately, there are steps you can take daily to decrease your odds of being a victim, but they all take dedication and a serious commitment to your personal safety. 1. Always make a mental note of where your car is parked. If you have the tendency to forget, write it down. Or put those note taking applications on your smart phone to use. Know exactly where your car is when you’re leaving the mall, the doctor’s office, the supermarket, or the office so you can get right to it. Appearing to be lost is a prime attribute of an easy target. 2. Always have your keys in hand and ready to use. This applies to your house keys and car keys. There is no time for fumbling down into your pockets or purses searching for your keys. The split second you take to look down could potentially be a criminal’s window for attack. And remember, their action is going to be faster than your reaction. 3. Always make sure your money and wallets are tucked away securely. Don’t ever leave the gas station, the supermarket, or the shopping mall with change, bills, credit cards, or receipts in your hands. You never know who’s watching and eyeing the money in your hand just waiting to catch you off guard. 4. Always save phone and text conversations for after you've reached a safe and secure location. Once you've reached your car, lock your doors and leave! Do not ever text or talk on the phone and walk. This is another major characteristic of an easy target. If you’re looking down at your phone or talking on your phone, you can’t hear or see what might be approaching. These conversations aren’t worth risking your life!