Top 5 Personal Safety And Security Tips You Should Know Today

 Top 5 Personal Safety And Security Tips You Should Know Today
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What is personal safety to you? According to Thompson Rivers University (TRU), Personal Safety was defined as the freedom from physical harm and threat of physical harm, and freedom from hostility, aggression, harassment, and evaluation by members of the community. Safety includes worry about being victimized as well as actual incidents.

Dangers and hazards are lying in different junctions, waiting for their next victims. It is certain you don’t want to be that next victim. We need to learn about personal safety tips in the workplace and personal safety at home. The importance of knowing exactly what to do in times of danger, uncertainty or emergency can never be overemphasized.

Below are 5 personal safety tips that could save your life:


1. Ensure You Have Emergency Numbers Saved On Your Phone/Diary

This is important, especially when travelling to new places or environments- you must always know what the local emergency numbers are and have them saved on your phone (you can even have them on speed dial, if possible). Additionally, if you’re travelling abroad, research the phone numbers and address of embassies or consulates you can run to in case of any emergency.

Also, try your possible best to review the escape routes of wherever you are at all times. Do not joke with your security and if you notice any suspicious movement wherever you are, call the securities or police, raise an alarm or try to get away from the place to a more public and secure place as soon as possible. If you have any unsecured feeling wherever you are, avoid brushing it off as nothing, until you’re completely sure it’s nothing.




2. Make Sure You Set Remote Wipe Capabilities For Your Smart Devices

This is another important safety tips, especially when you are travelling because this can be a vulnerable period for you, as losing or theft could occur any moment. You should ensure remote wipe capabilities are set up for your smartphones, smart devices and even car electronics (that is if you’re using a private car that has one) so that you can easily erase their contents if they ever get stolen or lost.




3. Carry Your Car Keys In Your Hands When Walking In A Parking Lot

Who knows? You could be a victim of a hot pursuit, and this could reduce the amount of time it takes to get into your car and zoom off when in the parking lot. This could help reduce the risk of exposure to car theft or even kidnapping. Carrying your car keys in the night should be done most especially at night.

However, do not dangle the car key in your hand, so that some dangerous persons do not target and snatch them away from you; endeavour to hold them in your palm and make a fist with them, with some part of the key may be protruding between your knuckles. Apart from keeping your key safe, this can serve as a makeshift weapon for you in case of any sudden attack or emergency. Also, be alert when you hold your keys in your hands so that you don’t drop them somewhere and forget it.




4. Swiftly Hang Up Calls From Unknown Phone Numbers, Any Call Asking For Private Information or For You To Take A Risky Action

If you receive any phone call that claims to be from your bank about a potential fraud on your account, asking for personal information, you should immediately hang up and call the bank’s known and confirmed customer care numbers to confirm the claims are true. In the US, you have fraudsters/scammers looking to get SSN, bank account numbers, online banking login details from unsuspecting people. In Nigeria, there are various BVN scams.

Also, if you lodge in a hotel and you receive a call to your room from a hotel staff about a problem with your account or about your room needing repairs or something, you should always hang-up and call the known front-desk number to confirm if this is truly the situation. Never oblige any request for you to provide private information or make yourself available without first confirming from a pre-known and definitely authentic number.




5. Always Block Other People’s View of Your Hand When Entering PIN Numbers, Alarm Codes etc.

Personally, you may be of the belief that this is being paranoid, but it is better to be safe than sorry. It is surprising that people do not realize that in the age of so many advanced technologies, people can covertly record them. Some mischievous people also purposely pay close attention to the movement of your hand so they can later track you, steal your card (if it’s a debit card PIN number you’re entering) and get access to your account through their mastery of the movement of your hand while entering your PIN. In addition, you should also check the card reader of ATM machines and if they appear to have been tampered with, find another machine to use.




Conclusion: Personal safety should be our first watchword in anything we do and anywhere we go. Life is beautiful, but there are ugly people with wicked minds who always try to disrupt our personal security. Ensure that you follow the above mentioned 5 personal safety tips. Let this post serve as a personal safety awareness tips for you.


Stay safe. 

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