According to Thompson Rivers University’s TRU.ca, “Personal safety refers not only to physical safety (freedom from physical harm) but also to psychological safety, which involves freedom from worry about physical safety as well as being victimized by hostility, aggression, and harassment.” Although, if you grew up experiencing abuse, it may not feel like it, you deserve and are entitled to personal safety.
There are numerous threats to personal safety, which may include, but are not limited to:
- Active shooter.
- Bomb threat.
- Criminal activity.
- Natural/weather conditions.
- Hazardous materials.
- Utility failure.
- Gas leak.
- Power outage.
There are multiple ways to guard your personal safety, which may include, but are not limited to:
- If you’re getting dropped off somewhere, have your driver wait until you’re safely inside.
- Have your keys ready so that you can easily and quickly get into your vehicle, home, etc.
- When moving into a new home, always change the locks or have them changed.
- Identify who is at your door before you open it.
- Chain locks should be relied on for privacy, not security.
- If you suspect that an unwanted person is in your home or that a break-in has occurred, don’t enter your home. Go somewhere safe, and call your local authorities.
- Turn on outside lights after dark or use motion lights.
- Try to go out with at least one other person if out at night.
- Walk on pathways, preferably ones in busy areas with good lighting.
- Walk with confidence and a steady pace.
- Attackers may look for people who appear vulnerable.
- Be alert. Monitor your surroundings for suspicious activity.
- Park your vehicle in lighted areas.
- Do not pickup hitchhikers.
- If you think you’re being followed, drive to the nearest location that is populated and well-lit, such as a gas station.
- When taking public transportation, ride as close to the operator as possible.
- When going somewhere to meet a new person, such as on a first date, let family and friends know with whom and where you will be.
- It may be a good idea to let someone know of your whereabouts regardless.
- Keep your phone easily accessible so that you can call authorities, if needed.
- Always keep doors, such as those on your car and home, locked.
- Don’t let strangers in your home, even if they say it’s an emergency such as needing to use your phone.
- Never mention that you or anyone else lives alone.
- If you live alone, you may want to only include your first initial and last name on your mail box, telephone book listing, etc.
- If you are at a social event like a party or club, guard your drink so no one can sneak date rape drugs into it.
- Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t trust (for the reason mentioned above).
For more information on how to protect yourself, check out the learning resource Self-Defense under Safety/Security.
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