There are a number of ways in which you can help to ensure you stay safe and secure on a day-to-day basis. Often it won’t involve making any major changes – just small adjustments can help to make your everyday life safer. In this day and age, it’s completely imperative that we do take steps to make ourselves less vulnerable to the kinds of security threats which can crop up. Living in a world so dominated by technology has its merits, but equally is can make us susceptible to security threats if we’re not careful. Here are some of our top tips for ensuring your everyday security is taken care of:
- Invest in a good security alarm system for your home and business premises. This is incredibly important, not just because of the better protection which it will offer your building, but also due to the peace of mind which you will get from knowing your property is safe. Break-ins are emotionally difficult as well as financially, so safeguarding against them is a worthwhile investment.
- If you’re renting a property, ensure that all of the basic security features are in place. Check that door and window locks are working and that there is adequate fire security.
- Get to know your neighbours and ask them to keep an eye on your property when you’re away. You could get one of them to park their car at your property to avoid it looking empty, and if you build up a good relationship, you’re more likely to be able to rely on them to report anything suspicious.
- Leave a key with a friend, family member or neighbour. Key safes might be broken into.
- Keep a personal alarm with you. Hopefully you’ll never need it, but it’s always reassuring to know that you have one. Most are very compact so can easily be kept in a bag or on your keys. It could help to alert people nearby if you ever do feel a threat to your personal security, or startle a potential attacker enough to allow you to get away from the situation.
- Be mindful about your mobile phone usage. People use mobiles an increasing amount in public, and if you’re not on your guard, you could end up having your phone stolen. It’s also now very commonplace to use maps on mobile phones, which is an obvious sign that you’re not familiar with the area and might not be concentrating on keeping your phone safe. Mobile phones can be such useful tools, but they can end up putting you in danger if you don’t stay aware.
- Stay safe online. Use different passwords, don’t write your passwords down and don’t set shared computers to ‘remember password’. Remember that legitimate companies won’t call or email you asking for your bank details, so don’t give them out.