Some people will be going trick-or-treating this upcoming Halloween. I’m not an advocate of this yearly practice but by offering you tips I’d rather you be safe than sorry. Stay in groups whether you’re an adult, teen, child, male or female. Check your candy for tampering. One year a razor blade was found in a child’s chocolate candy. What sort of person would do this…I could only imagine. Be wary of everyone. A lady was assaulted in her apartment when a guy showed up in a firefighter’s uniform saying he had to check for smoke damage because several small fires broke out in her apartment complex.
It is especially important to be on guard when you start shopping for Christmas gifts. During the holidays last year the television show, “America’s Most Wanted,” highlighted a string of murders taking place near shopping centers and malls. So, be sure to keep your car doors locked at all times. I make it a practice to put my three children in the van on the same side as the driver’s side so the door on the passenger’s side stays locked. Since a van is fairly roomy, I sometimes close the door and lock it behind me while I’m buckling the kids. If it’s locked nobody can sneak in on us. Also, always have your keys ready before you get to your vehicle. Once you arrive home it is a good idea to have your keys ready as you approach your front door as well.
It is hard to believe that the New Year is right around the corner. Soon, we all will be watching “the ball” drop as we count down the seconds. Some of us will be at home singing Auld Lang Syne and others will be out in the street celebrating the year to come with friends, family and strangers. For those of you who will be in your prospective cities-please be on guard. Many of you will be drinking. Statistically, the rate of drunken driving accidents rises at certain times of the year, particularly holidays (www.dui.lifetips.com). It is very important that someone step up and be a designated driver so that we can all step into 2009 on a positive note.
Start taking these simple precautions today. As you leave your house or job today, make sure you look around and be observant. Keep doors locked. Keep your keys in your hand so that you can make entries into your house and car quick ones. Stay off the cell phone while you are walking. In reality, it does not deter criminals from attacking you, but serves as a distraction to you from your surroundings. Remember to stay in groups at all times. If we all take simple, commonsense steps to being cautious, we can make it into the coming year safe and happy as we begin to work on our New Year’s resolution.
Web Source: "DUITips." LifeTips. 2008. 28 Oct. 2008 http://dui.lifetips.com/.