Besides your home security, we also have an invested interest in your personal safety. Now that you have a security system installed and are safe when inside the house, you have to think about keeping yourself safe when going out.
You can’t stay inside forever, but in some areas even a trip to the local grocery store can be perilous. In order to protect yourself, your car and your personal possessions, (including your money) follow these steps when leaving the house:
Make sure Your Home is Secure:
Before pulling out of the driveway do a quick mental check of how you left your home. It would be horrible to go through all of these steps for protection, only to find an intruder inside when you get back. Did you lock the back and front door? Is the alarm set? Is the garage door closed? You would be amazed at the number of people who drive off forgetting to put the garage door down first.
How are You Dressed?
Take into consideration where you are going. Your expensive diamond necklace has no place inside of the Quick mart. Wear jeans or slacks with sneakers or flat shoes. Leave the expensive accessories at home and avoid putting on expensive perfume. You can still smell nice by wearing a chic essential oil diffuser necklace with a mild scent. Learn more about these options for delightful essential oils and diffusing at Scentsationoil.com. That won’t draw attention from a pick pocket or thief.
Secure Your Car
These days it usually only takes the click of a button on your remote to lock the doors and secure the alarm. When you need to be wary is when getting back to it. Start looking at your vehicle from a distance, and make note of anyone who looks suspicious. If something seems off, go back inside of the store. Car jackers usually pick their target as you are parking the car and have a very clear plan on how to get you.
If you need to open the trunk, do it quickly, staying alert the whole time. Before getting inside of the car, look inside and make sure that you don’t see anyone hiding. The whole time you are struggling to get in the car you are a target so do it fast and keep your eyes open. Once safely inside, lock the doors before starting the engine.
It is always a good idea to carry money in smaller denominations for small purchases. If you are carrying a large amount of cash have it divvied up among different pockets or compartments in your wallet. Wrap a roll of bill with lower denominations on the outside so that it looks like less than what it is.
When you do get home, you should always be on alert for an intruder. Use all of your senses and stay outside if you feel like you can hear or even smell that there is an uninvited person inside of your home. Always have your cell in hand when entering and your keys just in case. 99.9% of the time you will be fine with your home security system, but when it comes to personal safety you should never take any chances.