Safety is not all about keeping away from all possible threats and potential harm but safety is actually about keeping you ready in anticipation of critical and demanding situations.Being creatures of habit, we sometimes compromise safety and security in a big way by taking short cuts in life. Well, all that starts when we put ourselves mobile especially during our travels.
- When we travel, make sure Use safe, direct, and well-lit routes
- Stay alert to your surroundings—don’t “tune out” by using your phone, iPod or other electronic devices
- When walking, look confident and purposeful
- Walk with a friend if possible—particularly at night
- Carry your keys and money in a pocket, not in a purse or backpack
- If you are being followed, go to where there are people and call your nearest emergency number or simply shout for help from a possible good Samaritan nearby.
Next, its all about keeping your valuables intact and traceable if possible at all times.
- Never leave items unattended. Laptop computers and backpacks are easy targets for random thieves. Stolen items are rarely returned, and most thieves are not arrested
- Record your valuable property information
- Contact your Residential Assistant or the Safety and Security Office for a engraver. Permanent markers are cheap solutions available at local stores.
- Keep doors and windows locked. Do not ever prop open exterior doors— doing so compromises the safety of everyone in your building
- Don’t leave valuables in your car. If you must, put them in your trunk before you arrive at your destination
- Mark your valuables, IPAD/PODs, computer, bicycle, book bag, CD’s with an engraver or permanent marker. Use your drivers license or other government registered documents, DO NOT use your Employee Cards because it can not be easily traced by local authorities.
Lastly, secure your identity by being prudent and cautious in dealing with your personal documentations and IDs.
- Make a photo copy of the first two pages of your passport, credit cards and other important papers in your wallet, make a list of the model and serial numbers of your property, this will assist you in the event these items are lost
- If your employee ID, drivers license or insurance card has your social NRIC number on the ID, ask the controlling authority if the number can be concealed on purpose without lost of validity. Do not always carry your passport with you as you can store it in a safe place, and memorize your number
- Prevent identity theft. Shred documents that contain personal identifying features such as bank accounts or social security numbers.
That makes a good habit of safekeeping ourselves, property and identity.