You just have to watch world news reports to recognize we – as Americans – are fortunate to live in one of the safest countries in the world. But that doesn’t negate the fact that we’re still susceptible to crime. Someone could try to take advantage of you while you’re on vacation or break into your home while you’re at work. While you can’t predict other people’s actions, you can influence what happens to you by assuming more responsibility for your own security.
Don’t leave keys “hidden” outside your home. You’re not fooling anybody with a fake rock, and the planter right outside your front door just screams spare key. The best idea is to give an extra key to a trusted neighbor or close friend who lives near by.
Personal safety at home …
- If you have an alarm system in your home, use it! It’s amazing how many people have systems and never turn them on.
- If a stranger comes to your door asking to use your telephone, do not let him or her in! Have him or her wait outside while you make the call.
While away …
- You know how you keep all your cash and credit cards in your wallet? Don’t do that while you’re travelling. Keep at least one card in a different place, preferably not on you, and your cash separate from your cards. Being without any source of money in Timbuktu can kind of ruin a vacation.
- Scan your travel documents and email them to yourself. That way your documents won’t go missing even if your bags do.
- If you’re travelling abroad, there are many places where you’re more than likely to be richer than most of the locals. Don’t advertise the fact by wearing excessive jewelry or carrying a $2,000 camera around your neck. It makes you an easy target for thieves.