Most of us leave our home at least once each day. Whether it’s driving to the grocery store or going on your daily walk, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings. By using simple precautions, you can safely enjoy the time you spend outside of your home.
- Take a friend (even a furry one). Walking a dog, especially one inclined to bark at strangers, is better than venturing out alone.
- Take your cell phone with you so that you can call 911 if you see something suspicious.
- Let a friend or family member know where you’re going and when you plan to return.
- Avoid walking too closely to bushes or areas with any kind of tall overgrowth.
- Stay attentive to your surroundings, and if listening to music, keep the volume at a low level so you can hear what’s going on around you.
- Only run or walk in familiar areas.
- Use caution when out at night. If you are out after dark, always carry a flashlight with fresh batteries.
- Always walk on the sidewalk facing traffic. Facing traffic makes it more difficult for someone to drive up behind you without being noticed.
Coming up in Part 2: Driving and Parked Car Precautions