How to Protect Yourself from Getting Robbed
The need to protect ourselves from crime is an unfortunate reality of daily life. However, even though it may be prudent to do so, people don’t like having to think about defending themselves. Many people may take classes or learn the basics of self-defense, but they hope to avoid having to use that knowledge.
The sad fact is that over 300,000 robberies are committed each year, and it’s important to make sure you’re not the victim of one of them. Instead of simply hoping to avoid conflict when outside your home, consider using these tips to lessen your chances of being robbed.
Stay in a Group
If you want to go out to a restaurant, stay at a club until midnight, or otherwise visit an out-of-the-way location, it’s best to go out with friends. When you’re by yourself, there’s no one to help you out, and nobody will immediately notice if an unsavory character is getting a little too close to you. With a group, you have an extra cushion of safety.
If you don’t have anyone to go out with, you can still take some steps to keep yourself in a group. Don’t go to places where you’ll be by yourself. Instead, make sure you’re in a well-lit area with plenty of other people, if you can. That might mean not taking a dimly lit shortcut, but it’ll be well worth it if you stay safe! If you do have to go somewhere where you’re alone, try calling someone you know. It’s the next best thing to having someone with you, and can help deter anyone who might be out to do you harm.
Always Stay Alert
It’s common for people to have their ear buds in when they walk–talking on their phones or listening to music. But have you considered that it might make you more of a target? It’s important to stay alert when you’re out and about, especially if you’re by yourself. You need to pay attention to your surroundings. When you’re involved in something else, or you can’t hear your surroundings, you’re more likely to become a target.
One of the easiest ways to stay alert is to avoid distractions when you’re not in a safe place. If you enjoy listening to music as you walk, only use one ear bud. When you need to use your phone, see if you can use voice-activated commands rather than actually looking down at it. Instead of holding your phone to your ear, you can often use wireless headphones so both of your hands are free. These tactics will make you much less of a target.
Check on the People Around You
Of course you’d like to feel safe in your own home; in most neighborhoods, this is generally the case. However, feeling safe doesn’t necessarily mean being safe. Instead of just accepting that the people around you are safe, you should check to be sure. Whether you want to check on your close group of friends or you want to look at your neighbors and check for any suspicious activity, you can use a people search site like PeopleFinders to get the full picture.
With PeopleFinders, you can check on millions of American adults and see if there’s anything you should be worried about. Do a criminal records check on your neighbors to make sure you can feel comfortable living around them, or run a people search on someone you met over the weekend before you meet up again. It’s easy to do; all you need is a first and last name, city, and state. Then you know right away if someone near you has a background you should worry about.
If you’re worried about being robbed or otherwise becoming the victim of a crime, you can rest easy knowing that there are ways to avoid these problems. Instead of just going out and being vulnerable, you can take steps to keep yourself safe long before anyone even targets you. By taking a few simple steps, you can significantly reduce your likelihood of being a target.
Check the PeopleFinders blog to get more ideas regarding how you can stay safe, both inside your home and out.
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