Now that daylight savings time is over and the clocks have turned back an hour, it’s getting darker earlier outside. With winter fast approaching soon it will be dark before dinnertime! However, changes in daylight does not change your daily routine. Soon you may find yourself walking home in the dark.
The Kingston Police Department have some great resources on their website with all kinds of security tip sheets. Their Personal Safety/Street Proofing tip sheet is what we’re sharing with you today.
What Is Personal Security?
Personal security involves taking steps to keep yourself safe, and protecting yourself from situations that are potentially violent or criminal. Personal Security is important because property can be replaced, but you are irreplaceable.
Like other methods of crime prevention, personal security involves recognizing, anticipating, and assessing the risk of a crime occurring.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times, and do not place yourself in situations which might jeopardize your safety. When in doubt, call the police for assistance.
In Your Home:
- Answer your door with it closed and locked. Learn to speak through the closed door. It’s not impolite; it is safer.
- Install good locks and use them. Avoid using chain locks. They present little deterrent to an aggressive person.
- Your door should be equipped with a door viewer.
- Don’t hide keys outside. Leave it with a trusted neighbour.
- Secure all windows. Draw window shades or drapes after dark and don’t leave accessible windows open while you sleep.
- Never open the door to strangers. Verify identification of visitors, sales and service people. Check with the company to see if they sent a representative.
- Should a stranger request to use your phone, do not allow the person to enter your home. Offer to make the call for them. Even if it’s a woman, don’t unlock your door.
- Don’t reveal personal information to anyone on the phone or at your door.
On the Street:
- Plan your route and avoid short cuts through parks, vacant lots or unlit areas.
- Know where after hours stores are located.
- Avoid being alone if you can. Get a friend to accompany you. If they can’t, let them know the route you’re taking. Call when you arrive.
- Don’t talk to strangers and report suspicious persons to the school, parents or police.
- Don’t carry large sums of money or unnecessary valuables. Use cash alternatives such a debit cards.
For more tips and resources visit the Kingston Police website.