Guest post by Lisa Todd.
The following tips are especially for women. These tips were created from real life experiences.
- Always keep your cell phone charged and with you. (This is so vital in case of car accidents, breakdowns, school lock=downs, weather alerts.)
- Keep a flashlight in your car and pocketbook at all times. (I was shopping in a very large mall store when the power went out, and it was complete darkness.)
- Do a visual 360 look around you when getting money from a teller machine or pumping gas. If you don’t feel safe, do not get out of the car!(Recently a co-worker shared that her friend was robbed by gunpoint in the middle of the day at a busy self-serve gas station.)
- Make it a habit to lock your car immediately after you get in. If a large van parks beside your driver side door, enter in the passenger door and lock your door.
- If leaving a store at night, ask if a security guard or employee can walk you to your car. (Most large stores, ex. Wal-Mart has security driving around and would be happy to escort you to your car.)
- Be very careful when purchasing high ticket or popular items from a store. (A college student in my town purchased a WII from Wal-Mart and was followed home where he was beaten and robbed.)
- Never walk or jog alone…no matter where you live! (Walk with a friend or large dog)
- Keep your home locked…even when you are home. (A salesman walked right into my foyer one evening while I was lying on the couch!)
- Watch what you leave for trash pickup. (Large TV boxes, financial statements, etc)
- Keep an emergency info card in your wallet. (Phone #’s of spouse, children, emergency contact, any health issues or allergy info)
- Become a weather junkie! (Watch weather forecasts daily, get weather alerts delivered to your phone, weather band radio or computer. Recent tornado outbreaks prove this tip!)
- Be attentive of those who enter your home. (This is especially important if you have teenagers who bring friends over. I had a friend whose home was robbed not once but three times. Teenage friends would tell their friends which items to go in and steal.)
- If you are approached by an abductor, SCREAM, KICK, FIGHT! Make as much noise as you can! (I always have my hand on my car panic button when walking away and back to my car in a parking lot.)
I’d love to read more personal survival tips. Please share!
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