The city is an exciting place full of life, noise, and constant activity. Living in a downtown area or big city like Columbus, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, or Boston is an incredible experience, especially for those who have an active lifestyle.
As exciting as the city life is, urban areas have a higher crime rate. When living in the city, there are extra safety precautions everyone should be aware of in order to avoid being a victim of a crime.
1. Home Security
A home security system is one of the easiest ways to ensure your home is protected. Many city inhabitants utilize home security systems because they alert not only the resident, but also authorities and the security company. Check out homesecurity911 in Ohio or Los Angeles or whichever big city you live in to find the best rates and features available to your location.
2. Don’t Make it Easy
If you live on the first floor, try not to place trashcans or anything easy to climb on underneath a window, for it makes it an easily accessible entrance into an apartment.
3. Door Locks
Most people who live in downtown areas take up residence in an apartment or townhouse. Often, when living in a building instead of a home, residents do not take the same safety precautions that homeowners take, for they believe they are safe in the confines of their building. But, most apartment buildings have had multiple renters in each unit. Although renters are supposed to give the landlord back all of the keys to the apartment, there is the chance that a duplicate was made and is still in the hands of a former renter. Thus, when moving into your new place, be sure to install an additional lock. Changing the locks ensures you are the only person who has a key to a working lock.
Be sure to keep your door locked at all times. Leaving your door unlocked is an easy habit to fall into, but it’s a dangerous habit. It leaves you and your place vulnerable to an intruder.
4. Be Aware
Whether you have lived in the city for months or for years, it is still vital to be alert and aware of your surroundings.
When on public transportation such as a subway, metro or train, do not leave wallets, cash, passports or purses in an area that is easy for a pickpocket to grab. It is best not to keep any personal items in jacket pockets because it is easy for a pickpocket to grab without you feeling it.
5. Be Smart
Go with your gut. If you do not feel comfortable in a situation, or you feel like you are being followed, be on high alert and get yourself to a public area.
6. Be Confident
Too often when people are lost, they look panicky and become an easy target. Instead, walk or drive with poise and purpose until you can regain your bearings.
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