Now that summer is here we are all spending a lot of time outdoors.  Friends and families enjoy barbecues, concerts and baseball games among the various other activities that keep us away from home.  Everyone is out of the house for one reason or another and this makes you and your home a potential target. Here are a few things you can do to reduce your risk.

 

Take care of the home front!

Even though it is extremely hot outside, always remember to lock things up.  When leaving the house close and lock windows and doors.  I know we all want our homes to stay cool, but open windows are invitations for criminals.  As we are all, or at least most of us are participating in this social media explosion we have become obsessed with letting everyone know where we are and what we are doing.  This seems harmless and most of the time it is, but predators are out there watching for clues, trolling the river of information looking for one opportunity to take advantage of you.  Don’t post what your are doing or where you are.  Think about who knows where you are when you go on vacation.  Tell someone you trust where you are and when you will be back.  Have someone watch your house and belongings.  Don’t leave keys, or garage door openers in you cars.  Get timers to turn your lights on and off at regular times to make it appear that someone is home.

Be vigilant!

I’m sure that several of you are like me and like to spend time outdoors.  With hot summer days upon us we find that shorts and tank tops have taken the place of jeans and long sleeved shirts.  The point of this is to get you think about what you wear effects how you prepare yourself.  If you carry concealed, shorts and T-shirts offer challenges for keeping your weapon concealed.  If you normally carry, continue to carry.  I know that not everyone carries concealed and that is okay, not everyone should.  Here are things everyone can do to keep safe.  Keep an eye on your surroundings, watch who is around you. Watch for areas of safety and for areas of danger.  This type of vigilance is what I call situational awareness.  Always give yourself a way out to provide yourself with the best possible chance of survival.  Think before you act and act before you have to react.

 

Don’t take your safety for granted!

As a law enforcement officer I responded to many calls where average people had made a few simple mistakes and lost everything in turn.  Don’t be a victim, prepare yourself to put yourself in the best possible position to avoid a catastrophic loss.  You are the first and best defense for your protection.  Keep your property locked, don’t post where you are or who you are with.  Maintain your situational awareness and use your head to keep yourself out of dangerous situations.