Monday, September 21, 2009

Being Safe - Precautions!

Good day guys! I can’t believe how the crime rate has shot up recently. Last night’s news featured all sorts of crime: from a foolish case of a guy running away with his lover’s money to a more gruesome murder incident. I can’t help but ponder too about my own safety and security. I have classes until 7:30 and normally, I’d have to go home after sundown. And criminals are like vampires. They thrive in the night.

Obviously, there is a need to take extra precautions these days. Sometimes it’s not just a matter of being the wrong person in the wrong place, at the wrong time for misfortune to find you. That’s why you have to be aggressively avoiding danger. However, fear does tend to over-rate things. Eventually too much precaution becomes unnecessary paranoia, which is often quite damaging to one’s social life. You’d stop going to parties because all your friends tend to party at night. And if you do go to one, you’d start fearing meeting new people, thinking that everyone can be a possible villain. The used-to-be friendly conversation in the bus on the way home becomes unthinkable. Every stranger becomes a suspect. You’re safe alright. But you’re also committing social suicide, which is a foolish thing to do. Now there’s a wiser way of securing your safety. One is making use of the internet. There’s this site that lets you Track Sex Offenders. That way, you know who to avoid and gives you an idea which person to befriend. Another is having the police station number at your speed dial. Carrying an umbrella is also a practical move. Not only are you ready for the rain, offenders also tend to avoid those who are carrying possible weapons. Another great idea is to go home in groups. You can think of your friends as your shield. Not only are you safe, you gain more time to socialize too.

God bless us and keep the faith intact!

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