The festive season is a time for fun, frivolity and rushing around to spend time with friends and family. But, due to everybody being equally busy and pressured at this time of year, it is easy for accidents to happen and for our guards to be down when it comes to personal safety. So, here are a few tips for keeping vigilant and staying safe:
5 Tips for Staying Safe this Holiday Season
Avoid using unlicensed taxis
It is always best to pre-book a taxi and not jump into an unlicensed taxi. Therefore, in the event you have an accident whilst riding in an Uber taxi your journey will be recorded with the company you booked with and with a licensed driver.
Getting into a taxi with somebody that you haven’t booked, you don’t know and who is unlicensed is putting yourself in undeniable danger. So, rather than take the risk, use an app, known company or minicab office so that you know you are getting a genuine car rather than a stranger’s.
Try to avoid situations where you will be alone
Those who are on their own when out and about are much easier for criminals to target. Safety is most definitely in numbers and so, it is a good idea to stick to this rule and try to stay in crowds as much as you can.
Whether you are walking to catch a bus or train home, leaving work late or off to meet friends, try to stay in well-lit areas and with people you know. Even if you can’t share a ride the whole way home, try to stick together as long as possible to reduce your risk.
Keep your belongings out of sight
Be sure not to advertise what you have on offer to criminals. They are looking for easy targets and temptations, so you can help yourself by not giving either motivation to them.
When you are walking on the street, keep your phone, purse or wallet and any other valuables out of your hands. Walking around with them on-show will provide thieves with quick and easy access and visibility.
Holiday season shows a dramatic increase in theft, particularly when victims are holiday shopping. So, take special care while out and about, plus also when on your way back to your car.
We can all get a little bit excited when it comes to Christmas and we can’t help sharing our excitement with friends on social media. However, it is best to keep certain details about things such as presents and vacations out of your social posts, as this is likely to increase your risk of being targeted by criminals.
Be dubious about friend requests if you don’t recognize the person or suspect it is a fake account. Some accounts specifically target locations of users to try to gauge where they live and others take advantage of slack privacy settings. Status updates are responsible for a lot of crime in the holidays, so try to keep your profile low key and private as much as you can.
Prepare your car for wintery conditions
Finally, one of the things that cause many people to be put themselves in danger during the festive season is forgetting to check their car before a journey. It is such a busy time of year and with rapidly changing weather conditions, that accidents are common where people haven’t prepared their car ahead of driving. Prepare your car now for winter so you don’t get stuck in the cold.
Check all the obvious things before a journey, such as tires, brakes, windscreen wipers, etc. Also, it goes without saying but driving under the influence is never a good idea, so leave the car if you are planning on having a few drinks at the Christmas party.
We value you and hope your family uses these tips for staying safe this holiday and enjoys time with family and friends.