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In summertime, the living truly can be easy. Warm, beautiful weather and long, sunny days give everyone a chance to get outside more and really enjoy life.
Many of us participate in active outdoor pursuits like hiking, running and biking at this time of year. Some of us simply enjoy taking long walks alone or with friends and family members when the weather is fine.
Although summer is a wonderful time, it can also present some problems. Statistics show that many forms of crime actually increase during the summer. Just like for law-abiding citizens, the warmer months seem to encourage the crooks in our society to get out and about.
It’s smart to be careful in high-crime months, especially if you’re in an at-risk demographic. Women under the age of 24, for example, experience the highest rates of rape, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. But here at SABRE, we believe everyone deserves the right to feel safe and secure, and want to empower our customers to do that year-round.
Properly preparing for summer’s hazards as well as the season’s pleasures can help you get out and enjoy your summer confidently and safely. Read on for some easy tips on how to make summer safer.
Summer is a great time to get outside. A few simple safety steps can help ensure a day of fun doesn’t turn into a trip to the emergency room or a tragedy.
On or near the water, you and your friends should always wear personal flotation devices or keep them close at hand. To avoid serious head injuries, always wear a helmet when biking.
On those really hot summer days, keep hydrated and don’t overdo it on strenuous activities. Keep and use products like sunscreen and insect repellent to avoid painful burns from the sun and to hold ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers and other pests at bay.
A cellphone can be a great safety asset outside. Having one on you will enable you to call 911 in the event of trouble. High-tech products like the can send alerts to pre-selected contacts when partnered with or by pressing the in-app alert button.
Cellphones might not get perfect reception everywhere. So, it’s wise to also carry a . Small and compact, these are easy to carry in a pocket, attached to a belt loop or backpack or in your hand. When activated, they will emit an extremely loud noise that can scare off assailants. In addition, they will attract plenty of attention from others in the area who can help you.
also are compact self-defense products. They pack a significant punch. Like personal alarms, pepper sprays are available in a wide range of styles and colors for any summer activity. can be easily carried on an armband.
That way, you will always have your pepper spray ready to use in case of trouble. When properly used, it will temporarily disable an aggressive person, giving you time to get away and seek help.
Summer is peak travel time. Whether you are staying in a hotel or renting an Airbnb for your vacation, it pays to be prepared. After all, you will be in unfamiliar territory. Some burglars prey on visitors and tourists, whom they consider more vulnerable.
Don’t announce your travel plans on social media, which burglars can monitor. In your car or at travel lodgings, always keep your doors locked.
If staying at a hotel, insist that the desk person give you your room number on a slip of paper rather than saying it aloud. Even if you have ordered room service, make sure to get a positive ID before opening your door.
Whether you plan to travel around the world or just are looking forward to a staycation, safer summers are better summers. Be safe, go confidently and enjoy the season.