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Street Smarts: Protect Yourself With These Personal Awareness Tips

Although we find comfort in thinking that crime only happens to other people, the truth is that we could all fall victim to crime if we don’t take necessary precautions. Our team at Signal 8 Security Services in Malta shares a few personal awareness tips worth following to minimise unnecessary danger.


Avoid Sharing Too Much on Social Media

You may have heard what happened to Kim Kardashian West in Paris. No? In a nutshell, she was robbed at gunpoint while in Paris. The robber admitted that the Instagram-loving reality TV star had made her life all too easy to track, sharing too much about her trip and the jewels she was carrying, which helped the thieves plan the heist. In the digital age we’re in, there are so many other examples of what’s best not to share on social media, but the bottom line is thinking twice before posting anything, and it might be a good idea to post your vacation photos once you’re back home.


Don’t Carry Around Large Sums of Money

Similarly, do not display valuables such as watches and jewellery in plain view. The aim should be to go about your daily activities without attracting unwanted attention.


Keep Car Keys in Your Hand When Walking Alone

More often than not, approaching your car does not involve a threat, but following a few routine safety measures can make it harder for an assailant to attack you around a vehicle. Firstly, having your keys handy as you approach your car reduces the amount of time spent fumbling to find them – thereby reducing your exposure to attack. Moreover, keeping the key protruding between your knuckles as you make a closed fist can serve as a weapon in case someone tries to attack you.


Be Aware Of Body Language

The most powerful tool for personal awareness is alertness and intuition. Body language plays a huge factor in personal safety, and this goes both ways. If someone looks suspicious, there may very well be a reason for it (as the saying goes, if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck); likewise, if you look like an easy target, criminals will notice. Therefore, it’s important to appear confident by walking with purpose and keeping your head up.

Moreover, walking while looking at your mobile phone screen can be the reason you completely miss dodgy behaviour. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by your SMSes and Facebook, they can wait; be alert and aware of your surroundings, particularly when walking alone in dark places.


Trust Your Instinct

There’s a reason for that gut feeling – if something doesn’t feel right, remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible. As the old saying goes: better safe than sorry.


Protection For Every Occasion With Professional Security Services in Malta

Whether you want to protect entrepreneurs, companies or events for the general public, we at Signal 8 Security provide a whole range of security services in Malta.  From carrying out on-site inspections to establish the premises’ vulnerabilities to creating bespoke security solutions, we take pride in delivering excellence every time – our sister organisation, The Security Academy, also offers a course on Personal Safety Awareness. Contact us for more information about the services we can offer you.


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