Although the safety and welfare of people (personal safety) conventionally applies to the workplace, it is equally as important in everyday life, including while at home.
The underlying principles of personal safety, whether it be at the workplace or at home, are the same and equally apply, albeit in varying degrees of application and implementation. This ‘Personal Safety’ page specifically concentrates on personal safety at home and in general which, although many of the safety measures may appear intuitively obvious, are extremely important and warrant the attention for which they are intended. Some examples of basic personal safety principles at home include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Wherever possible, an individual should not walk unaccompanied in the hours of darkness and if they do, they should follow routes that are highly illuminated and not in confined, sparely populated areas;
- Always inform friends, family or others of your whereabouts;
- Under no circumstances, should an individual disclose details of their bank or bank card details in public; and,
- In the event that you either observe or notice something untoward or suspicious (e.g. an package attended package), then report it immediately and without hesitation to the police or an alternate person of authority.
The remainder of this page elaborates on the basis principles of personal safety in public and at home, with a specific focus on the following:
- Safety and Security of Personal Information;
- Mobile Phone Safety and Security;
- Safety and Security in the Home Environment, Including Exterior Home Safety; and,
- Further Advice/Information on Personal Safety.
Safety and Security of Personal Information
- It is of paramount importance that an individual does not unnecessarily disclose personal information because that information could be exploited by persons for fraud, theft and other criminal purposes. Confidential documents and information should be carefully and appropriately disposed of, such as using a shredder. Passwords, of which there can be numerous, should not be written (e.g. in diaries), saved on phones or prominently displayed at home.
Mobile Phone Safety and Security
- The use of mobile phones are such a prominent part of our lifestyle in today’s society, but their widespread use exposes people to a wide array of criminal activity, exploitation and unsafe situations and circumstances. As they have become the primary form of communication (to such an extent that it is unusual for persons to socially speak with one another, for example, on public transport), they are particularly vulnerable to intervention (e.g. cyber-attacks and hacking) and it is therefore essential that caution must be exercised when (1) speaking in public (because you don’t know who may be listening) and (2) using websites that could be construed to be ‘untrustworthy’.
- One of the most irritating things about having a mobile phone is the number of cold calls we now receive. In such circumstances, it is highly recommended that you terminate the conversation with immediate effect and that you do not disclose any personal details to enable the person making the call to identify you.
- A very common sight nowadays is the number of people that simultaneously walk and text when in public places. This should be avoided (appreciating the fact that it is sometimes difficult to do so) and that your focus and attention should be on the traffic and around you.
- Another common example is people walking while listening to music on their phone via their ear phones. This is a potentially dangerous act because you may not hear and be oblivious to oncoming traffic if the music is being played at an excessive volumes.
- Mobile phones should be kept in a secure part of your attire (e.g. inside coat pocket) and should not be displayed in a manner that could attract the attention of pick-pocket; this of particular relevance in towns and cities, and on public transport.
Safety and Security in the Home Environment, Including Exterior Home Safety
- Cold callers (i.e. persons that do not know you) are another increasingly annoying part of today’s society, but, in the main, most are harmless. Nevertheless, on receipt of a cold caller, look first to see who it is and never invite them into your property. Request that photographic identification is displayed if they are attempting to sell something, are looking for donations, or if they are an energy (gas, electric) or water service provider (united utilities).
- Have the confidence to close the door and refuse entry to anyone who knocks on your door, including distressed persons who request to use your home phone. In such circumstances, make the phone call for them as they wait outside.
- Locking doors and windows at all times and installing an alarm two of the most effective security measures to preventing a burglary or, even worse, a personal attack at home. Also, installing motion lights around your home can help your security during dark evening and also deter burglars from loitering around your home. Refer to Safety and Security Measures for Preventing a Burglary or further details on home security, including locking windows and doors, and security lights.
Further Advice/Information on Personal Safety
For further information on personal safety, please contact us on J Mills Locksmiths Manchester on 07940900617.