Personal security horror stories are everywhere. From identity theft to physical crimes, it’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed by all the bad news. Don’t live in fear, raise your awareness and stay safe. Here are a few tips to keep you safe and comfortable.
Get To Know Your Neighbors
You may already have this one covered but a great way to upgrade your personal security is as easy as knowing your neighbors. Building good relationships with your neighbors next door not only adds an extra set of eyes and ears, but it also promotes a sense of community and belonging. When was the last time you said hello?
You’ve said hello, now it’s time to think about leveraging that smartphone. Almost everyone uses social media; it’s an easy thing to start a neighborhood group. In fact, you might find your neighborhood already has one. Ask around, if there aren’t any, consider starting one. Neighborhood messaging groups not only add another layer of security but also keep you involved with your community. In our little town, we use a messenger group to coordinate regular activities and social events. Our group also keeps us on top of any security issues and lets us know when someone in our community is in need.
Safe In Your Home
Keeping your home exterior in good condition promotes security and it’s a good way to stay active and engage. Keep your blinds down and lock your doors and windows at night. Let people know someone is home, just don’t advertise.
If It seems too good to be true…
We’ve talked about personal safety in your home and neighborhood, but what about online? According to the US government, almost 6% of Americans over the age of 65 have been victims of identity theft in the last year. Set strong passwords; be careful with credit card and personal information. Guard it closely.
Email scams are everywhere. Foreign royalty asking for financial assistance is nothing new. Now email scams have morphed into fake charities citing Covid-19 relief. Don’t believe it! Do a little research before giving anyone anything online, especially your personal information. Community messaging can help. If something seems questionable, ask your neighbors before you act.
In case you haven’t figured it out, the most effective way to ensure your personal safety is to engage with the community around. Maybe you are new to your neighborhood. Sometimes it can be a little uncomfortable to extend yourself to strangers.
All you need is a smartphone to access some useful tools. Peoplefinders provides a free online app that lets you access public records with a few simple clicks. You can look folks up by name, address, or even telephone number. Arm yourself with more information and know who’s in the neighborhood.
Fear is what debilitates and leads to feelings of alienation. Don’t be a shut-in! Reach out and connect with the community around you.