Posted 9:00pm, 14 Apr 2017
By taking a few very simple precautions, you can reduce the risk to yourself, and you can also also discourage creeps who commit crimes.
These (dooosh bags) are capable of harming people with little provocation, warning or remorse..
So whether at you are at work, at home, or out on the street, take some precautions and don't be a statistic.
Safety At Home
If possible, leave your headlights on when arriving home after dark (until you have unlocked the garage door, or sussed out your immediate surroundings).
Have the door keys in your hand so you can open the door immediately when you return home.
If you are a woman alone, list only your first initial or last name on the mailbox, or in the phone directory.
When moving into a new place ALWAYS have the locks changed.
If possible, know who is at your door before opening it. Wide angle door viewers can be a good investment if you live in an apartment.
Never rely on chain locks. They are a privacy lock.. not a security lock.
Never let anyone into your home without identification. Don't be afraid to ask for ID, even if it feels weird.
Always leave outside lights on after dark, or use motion lights.
If you receive a wrong number phone call, don't give out your name or phone number.
If you receive an obscene phone call, hang up and call police.
In an apartment building, NEVER be alone in the laundry room.
If you suspect anyone is in your house, do not go in. Go to a neighbor and call the police.
If you see or hear anything suspicious, call the police.
Personal Safety At Work
Opening the business: Have two employees together meet and unlock the business if possible.
One should stay outside, while the other checks the interior.
If two people cannot open, communication tools and mobile duress alarms should always be provided.
Closing the Business: Employees should accompany each other to their vehicles-- especially at night. If this is not possible, a security guard should escort the last employee to his/her car. If security is not available, a proactive tracking tool should be provided with a mobile duress system.
Panic buttons and mobile duress/tracking: Install panic buttons onsite.
Provide teams with mobile personal safety tools. Make sure they are simple to use, work when a device is broken and that they do not require an employee to actively be able to 'press something'.
Many situations will be escalated is a device is taken out, a photograph taken.
DONT turn an assault into something even worse..
Controlling Access: This enhances personal security. Keep secondary exits secure.
Limit access to 'secondary exits' by non-employees by having doors alarmed and labeled "EMERGENCY EXIT ONLY" or limit access to the area around the door.
Keep Restrooms Locked: In a retail or any sole charge situation, be in control of access to storage areas, restrooms etc.
This prevents people with bad intentions from hiding in waiting and "breakouts."
Bank Deposits and Withdrawls: Making bank deposits alone can be dangerous.
Employees making deposits should always go in pairs. If you are alone, vary deposit times and carry the deposit inside a purse or a plain bag.
Do not use a bank bag or a bag with a name on it.
Never make deposits after closing, as this is obvious for hold-ups.
Taking out rubbish: Doing this in pairs is much safer than doing it alone, for the employees and for the business.
Visibility: Keep parking and walking areas well lit, and keep the area around the building clear of rubbish, clutter and any debris.
Stacks of boxes and pallets can be hiding places for perpetrators of crime.
Install mirrors or security cameras in rooms with blind corners and in enclosed parking facilities.
Keep buildings locked (whenever public access is not necessary).
Watch for suspicious persons (persons not having legitimate business)
Look into your car before entering it.
If you think you are being followed, find other people.
Use the "buddy" system if possible. Use a mobile personal safety tool WHENEVER working alone, offsite or in transit after/before a late/early shift.
Take access control and security policies seriously
If a confrontation does occur...
Don't try to be a hero. Do nothing to increase your your personal safety risks
Activate alarms IF you can do so without detection (or use an alarm system that will send alerts if you fail to check in).
Attempt to alert co-workers IF you can do so safely, consider using an alarm system that will send alerts if you fail to check in.
In a hostage type situation, follow directions exactly. Keep as calm as possible, do nothing to potentially escalate the situation. (while your 'at risk timer' runs out and sends alerts with your location details).
Safety While Out & About
Try to NOT to go out alone at night (especially without a personal safety tool tracking you in the background).
Don't take shortcuts, don't walk down dodgy alleys, and don't walk on deserted streets.
Use caution in parking lots/ buildings, avoid poorly lit areas, dark doorways and walking through parks with shrubs and trees (for nasty people to hide)
Don't accept rides from strangers, and don't react to comments from strangers on the street (not even with a middle finger). Walk with purpose and confidence.
Don't get into an empty elevator with a stranger. (Not even an attractive one!)
If you do ride with another person, stand near the control panel and if attacked, press an many of the control buttons as possible.
Don't hitchhike, (sad we know). If someone suspicious is following you, cross the street and if possible, walk into an open shop.
Watch your surroundings, not your facebook. Be alert for suspicious people, especially around banks, stores, your neighborhood, your car and home.
If you are alone at work after business hours, keep the door locked. Have a personal safety tool on you at all times.
If you work late, ask the security guard or a co-worker to walk you to your car.
When meeting a new friend, exchange phone numbers only, not addresses. On a first date, let family or friends know where you are going. For a first date, consider a daytime meeting rather than a night meeting. Meet in a public place and provide your own transport to and from the location. Have your personal safety system tracking you in the background.
It is never a very good idea to go to a club or bar alone, and if you do, provide your own transportation.
Don't allow alcohol or drugs to impair your judgment. If you haven't already.. set a few social standards, do so and stick to them.