Crime is hard to escape. No matter how much advanced technology we incorporate into our homes, theft, and robbery are inevitable. Sure, it’s great to be optimistic in thinking that you’ll never fall victim to crime. Even still, there are steps you can take to put personal safety into your own hands.
According to a recent survey by Kastle Systems, about 80% of people have never experienced crime in the home. Reversely, that means that 1 out of every 5 people has. Whatever your current security routine is, you can make improvements to take safety to the next level. No one is invincible to crime, it can happen to any age, gender, or race. Here are some ways you can protect yourself in your home.
The large majority of the population does not have a security camera or smart home security device installed. This is an easy way to give yourself a little peace of mind at the very least. Surveillance cameras are no longer designed solely for large homes and retail stores. This safety feature can be installed anywhere – even in a dorm or apartment. These devices can be a little pricey, but their added benefits make the cost worth it.
Self-defense weapons are a controversial subject. But there are more tools you can own to protect yourself outside of lethal firearms. Pepper spray, tasers, and baseball bats are popular alternatives to guns. Even if you never have to actually use the weapon, it’s good to have the option if it’s ever needed.
If you’re not comfortable with owning a potentially dangerous item, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on how to survive any physical confrontations. Not only will this improve your ability to protect yourself, but this can also be a fun experience. These classes are a good way to simultaneously release stress and get in a workout.
You don’t have to be the most physically fit person to attend these classes. You may not know what to expect going into your first self-defense class, but you’re not alone. Classes range from boxing to martial arts, so you can find one that interests you.
Know Your Risks
It seems simple, but just being aware of potential dangers is an easy way to avoid becoming a victim. Criminals often target people that are not paying attention. Being especially alert in all situations is an easy way to protect yourself. You may think scrolling through Instagram while walking to your car is harmless, but this pulls your distraction away from suspicious activity that may be going on in your environment.
The moral of the story is that no one is exempt from chaos and crises, no matter how put together your life may be. You can never be doing too much to protect yourself. There’s always at least one more thing you can add to your security regimen.