While no victim of a crime chooses to be a victim and the only real way to prevent becoming a victim is to prevent the criminal act to begin with —which is entirely up to the criminal— there are things that you can do to increase your personal protection and help prevent becoming a victim. Be it assault, robbery, identity theft, or an act of terrorism, there are steps you can take to help avoid finding yourself in dangerous situations that put yourself at risk. Our goal with this blog is to help you become a little more aware of threats and what you can do to help mitigate them.
PAY ATTENTION, STAY ALERT.
All too often, people tend to mind their own business and keep to themselves, and while this is polite, it does not mean that you can’t also remain vigilant. Take note of what is happening around you, your surroundings, and the people near you. If a criminal is looking for the ideal target, they will search for someone who seems oblivious that they can easily catch off guard —the element of surprise. If you are alert and paying attention, you don’t appear to be an easy target, will easily see an attack coming, and can better describe an event if something does happen. To help, don’t play music on your earbuds at full blast while you stare at your phone, this makes you both blind and deaf, without a clue as to what is going on around you — the ideal target.