Get up, go to work, grab lunch, drive home, rinse and repeat. This just about sums up the average person’s weekday. Routine that can be counted on, day-in-day-out. We become predictable and the routine makes us complacent as we drive the same streets, pass the same buildings, and daydream of a time we can be free from the clock. All of this sets us up to be the next victim.
As we fall into predictable patterns, we forget that there is always the possibility of becoming the next target of a criminal. Not just a specific attack, such as a mugging, but also, incidental harm, such as ending up in a riot we were not aware was taking place. So, how can this be avoided?
The first step to take is to have “daily briefing” of sorts. Before leaving the house in the morning, take a look at national news and local news. Note any unrest that may befall your areas such as planned protests and marches, recent events that could spark a riot, weather concerns, and anything else that is unusual or has the potential to become a hazard. This information will allow you to determine what actions need to be taken for the day.
Once armed with information, the next step is to avoid predictable, routine behaviours. Know several routes to and from work and pick which one to take based on the information provided in the daily briefing. Avoid taking the same exact route twice in a row and never take the same route home that you used to leave. It is also wise to leave at a different time each day. Five or ten minutes can throw an attacker off and prevent and incident from happening all on its own.
The third action is to stay informed throughout the day. Has anything changed? Did the protest move or get cancelled? Has the weather shifted? All of these things and more are dynamic and must be monitored. What was true at 7:00 this morning will have changed by 5:00 this evening.
Fourth, safe places along each route should be noted and your family should be aware of them. Police and fire stations, malls, campgrounds, and anything else that you can meet friends and family at without needing a map. If the way home gets blocked, the ability to stop at the mall and inform others with a simple text is crucial. These places should be visited often to be sure they are still safe if there is any construction or local events that will change how they are accessed and to be familiar with their layout.
All of these steps, combined with having the proper gear at home, on our person, in the car and at work, will help to keep us safe as we move through our communities and our lives. An added bonus to this is that we learn more about our communities. New businesses opening up, mom ‘n’ pop shops tucked back in the shopping complex, and fun events taking place can all be discovered by taking new routes and moving about at different times of the day. Most importantly though, is the benefit of staying safe and protecting family and friends in a world that is filled with hazards.
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