There seems to be a lot of articles here lately based on paranoia and irrational behavior. D. Hennig and Able Abe have really puffed up their chests and flexed their alpha male muscles. Silly. For me, it’s never been about fear, but instead about preparedness.
Statistically, I’m probably pretty safe, and I do have faith in humanity. Most people are good, hard-working folks that are just trying to get ahead and provide a better life for themselves and their families. In fact, most of them are too busy with their own stuff to even worry about what’s going on at my house!
That said, I still practice the safety precautions I was taught as a youth, such as:
- check behind the shower curtain before getting in
- check the backseat of the car before getting in
- always check closets
- have an escape plan and a fire evacuation plan
- if someone knocks on the door and you’re not expecting anyone, hide and wait for them to leave
- move to the other side of street when other people are approaching
- watch the garage door close to make sure no one sneaks in
- never take the same route home, in case someone is watching you
- if a car is following you, drive to a well-lit, public place (police stations are the best option
Of course, this is just a short list. There are so many other ways to ensure your personal safety without going off the deep end or making empty threats.
It’s really about vigilance. Just be aware of your surroundings, and usually everything will be fine. Know where the exits are, keep an eye out for suspicious people, and always watch what people’s hands are doing, in case they try to pull a weapon. Basically just use common sense and everything will be fine!
by Dragica Farnoush
Residential Life Magazine