When you hear of crimes happening in the news such as a purse/bag snatching, mugging, home burglary, robbery, etc. do you ever find yourself saying, "Oh, that stuff only happens to other people." ? Well then this is even more important for you to read. Here are 5 Big Reasons Not to Take Your Own Safety for Granted:
- 1- It could cost you money that you don't have
- 2- It could make you vulnerable for more loss
- 3- You could get hurt or killed
- 4- You could hurt or kill someone else
- 5- Loved ones are left stressed on many levels
Can you really afford to just lose it all? I'm talking stuff like your mobility, your life savings, maybe even a life? Can you even afford to lose even a little these days? Something like your car, your wallet/purse, your lap-top, or your kids bikes from out of your open garage? Um, I think not, but we sure act like it sometimes.
Just take something as simple as our cell phone use for instance . Does your cell phone have a closer relationship with you than people in your family? You might want to start tapering down your dependence on it if that's the case. Ever see people so wrapped up in phone texts, conversation, checking e-mail on their phone that they can't even walk straight...literally?! I see it all the time. I see it with busy people like us! We are so busy trying to work on the go whether we are at at home on our own time or at work on the job even during what should probably be a break. I'm guilty of this too. We must remember what's at stake when we are not focused.
Walking or driving while talking/texting/ looking at a screen is not only a bad habit that makes us vulnerable to theft and danger, but it's just plain irresponsible and we already know it so why do we do it? We also need to stress this to the young people in our lives who drive and/or could be walking around town while distracted by their phones; especially when carrying something that may attract a predator. When your cell phone or laptop is stolen, it could be like getting your wallet or purse stolen. We keep so much information in these devices. Maybe we truly ought to consider all we have to lose and imagine losing it in a split second to make us think twice. Think about who it really impacts. It impacts our loved ones too. Is it worth it? Please take the time to read that tragic story in the link below to help really put this into pespective.
The bottom line is whether we are at home or out and about, we need to stay aware of our surroundings. It doesn't take but a second for a predator to strike and they are looking for easy targets. We can do simple things to avoid being one of them.
At home where we tend to feel most safe, still use discretion about leaving the
doors and windows unlocked when we are not going to be present in a particular room. Also, at night it's just a good idea to have doors/windows locked and close our curtains/blinds. Investing in a home alarm system is a smart idea and could potentially be life saving. Home alarm systems are more reasonable these days and worth looking into as they can increase the saftey of our most precious possesions which include the well being of our loved ones.
When it comes to our cars, we are not always safe in a bubble. We need to always consider our surroundings and keep doors locked when inside; especially when we are distracted on the phone or digging around in a purse or wallet. When driving we need to stay alert about what's going on around us (weather conditions, pedestrians, road rage, and basic driver safety) and be cautious about where we park. Don't hesitate to check your back seat before you get into your parked car.
Helpful links to increase safety:
Tragic recent story about a family torn apart due to an allegedly distracted driver:
It only takes a second to turn our lives upside down; A very large price for what could be a pretty worthless act.