Crime is scary, but there are many ways you can keep yourself protected. Here are a few recommendations that should help you breathe easy at all hours of the day.

Know Where It’s Safe (and Where It Isn’t)

Crime often confines itself to certain areas and neighborhoods, and some places that are safe to wander during the day may become much less secure at night. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to gauge an area’s safety, thanks to the Internet, and locals can also give you a good idea of where it’s safe and where it’s not.

Carry a Cell Phone

While you don’t necessarily need to be glued to your screen at all times, having a phone on you makes calling someone who can help, e.g. the police, a breeze. It’s also not a bad idea to call and talk to a loved one while walking alone at night, as you can tell them your location and it’s less likely you’ll be attacked, as the person on the phone is essentially a witness.

Safety in Numbers

That said, try to avoid walking alone in dark and reputably dangerous areas. If you and a coworker are headed to the same parking lot, walk together, and if you’re out on the town with friends, leave together with the group.

Consider a Firearm

Having a gun for safety purposes is a controversial choice for some, but others view it as a necessity, especially if they live far from the police. Each state has its own laws regarding firearms, including carrying one in public, so take the time to learn yours. If your state allows concealed carry, wearing a concealed shoulder holster might be ideal, although you’ll often need to get a permit or license, as well as take a firearms training course. Not that that’s a bad thing: the more trained you are in using a firearm, the less likely accidents will happen.

The world doesn’t have to be a scary place. Take safety into your own hands and give these precautions a try.

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