If you’re relocating to a new city due to a job transfer or short-term assignment, heading to an unfamiliar area can be an exciting adventure, full of new things to discover. However, all cities have safety challenges, no matter how great the location. Here are some hone and travel safety tips that will help you enjoy your new location without worry.
Keep numbers nearby
Create a list of emergency phone numbers and place in a designated area. Include emergency numbers such as fire, police, poison control, hospital, etc. Also create a list of your work and cell phone numbers. If you have children, designate two other people to contact for help if you cannot be reached.
Know your neighbors
By getting to know your neighbors and becoming familiar with each other’s basic schedules and routines, irregularities become more glaring. Noticing things that are out of place is the most common way for a member of the neighborhood to help local law enforcement stop crimes before anyone gets hurt.
Prepare the kiddos
Teach children their new address and phone number as quickly as possible.If an emergency should occur, your child should be able to communicate his or her first name, last name, address and phone number. There are many creative ways you can help children learn this information. Check out http://www.wikihow.com/Teach-Preschoolers-Their-Address-and-Telephone-Number or http://mom.me/parenting/6220-how-teach-kids-their-address-and-phone-number/
for some suggestions.
Map it out before heading out
Ensure that you have accurate directions and understand where you’re headed before leaving home. If you’re using a GPS system, enter the information and review it before you step out the door. Writing out directions as a backup is also a good idea. While handheld GPS systems or mapping apps on your phone can really help get you get where you’re going, they can also make you appear distracted or confused about where
you’re going. Walking or driving with certainty and awareness
can keep you from becoming a victim.
Using public transportation
Utilizing subways, buses and trains can really help you get around your new city. But there are steps you can take to ensure a safe experience. For example, pick a more populated subway car, not an isolated one. Avoid standing alone when you’re waiting for your train of bus late at night. Don’t take dark shortcuts when walking home from the bus station and keep your keys in-hand for protection.
Keep your items close by
Your new city might offer some fantastic opportunities to take in a show, enjoy street festivals, or attend a sports event. Unfortunately, heavily-attended events can also attract pickpockets. To protect your belongings in areas where large crowds gather, stand away from the crowd and keep items in your hands or front pockets. Don’t leave your purse on the back of your chair at a restaurant, or put shopping bags
down on the ground.
If there is an emergency at home, being prepared ahead of time can make a difference. Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, copies of your license or i.d, non-perishable food and water. Store your kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is located. For more information about emergency kits, go to http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.
By taking these basic safety steps, you can enjoy your new environment
and explore your city with confidence. It won’t take long for your
new city to feel like home!