Personal Safety

Personal Safety at Home

We all like to think that were are safe in our homes but unfortunately, that is not always the case. There are all kinds of people out there and some will not hesitate to take an advantage of an opportunity to break into your home if they see one. For that reason it is highly important not to get too comfortable with the thought that you are living in a safe neighbourhood. Install an alarm system that will trigger a loud sound if someone tries to break into your home while you are asleep or away, keep all the doors and windows locked when no one is home, mount motion sensor lights outside your home, and do not open your door to strangers and teach your children to do the same. Keep in mind, however, that hazards to your personal safety can come from inside your home as well. You are recommended to install fire alarm system and carbon monoxide detector if you do not have them yet and test them on a regular basis to make sure that they are actually working.

Personal Safety on the Street

We are most vulnerable outside our homes and for that reason you are recommended to take additional precaution when you are out on the street. Do not panic but trust your intuition. If someone is making you feel uneasy, walk away immediately and go to the nearest populated place. Avoid dark and empty streets during the night, especially when you are alone. Stay alert all the time and consider buying personal safety devices such as an alarm device or self-defence spray.


Personal Safety in the Car

The greatest hazard to your personal safety in the car are other drivers but just because you are in the car that does not necessarily mean you are safe from crime. You are recommended to avoid leaving your car in potentially dangerous neighbourhoods and always park in well-lit areas. Never leave any personal items, especially purses, laptops or other valuables on the back-seat because they increase the risk of your car being broken into. Start you car as soon as you get in and do not pull over to anyone outside populated areas. Instead, drive to the nearest petrol pump or police station and inform them that someone on the road may need help. Also, do not pick up hitch hikers.

Personal Safety when Abroad

Tourists are popular targets of pickpockets, thieves and other criminals, and therefore it is a good idea to try to hide the fact that you are a foreign visitor if possible. Leave your jewellery, designer clothing and other valuables at home in order to avoid attracting too much attention. Never carry large sums of cash with you and beware of too friendly locals. Avoid people who are offering their help without being asked for it in anyway you can but try not to be offending. Also, stay away from demonstrations and political gatherings.