Although it is important to have an awareness of your surroundings at any time of year, studies show that crime goes up around the holiday season. During this time, those who don't have the means to purchase what they want and need may have a tendency to lash out and commit crime more than they would at other times of the year. This also may coincide with the seasonal increase in depression and anxiety that can accompany the season. In the past few years, this has only been exacerbated by the recession. For these reasons, it may be necessary to think more about crime and violence prevention, and give a fresh look at what you are doing to protect your family.
During the holiday season and any other time of the year, the most important facet of crime and violence prevention is first to be aware of your surroundings. No matter what time of day it is, and whether you are in a group or alone, you must be sure to be aware of what others around you are doing, and be prepared for any potential confrontation. Being caught off guard is the primary reason why people become victims, and criminals look for those who will be easy targets.
To avoid being a target, you should avoid wearing headphones or anything else that will lessen your awareness of your surroundings. However, there are other preventive measures that can help with crime and violence prevention. Putting in a home alarm system will help deter intruders, before they even walk in the door, and let you know when someone unwanted is in the home. There is also a wide range of personal safety products, such as pepper spray, stun guns, slingshots, and a host of other small weapons that could be used in self defense should the need arise.
Before attempting to use any of these personal safety items, be sure that you have taken a tutorial on their use, and basic self defense techniques. These courses can now be taken online for maximum convenience. With crime rates going up on the streets and in our homes, there is no better time to learn more about how to protect yourself and your family. Crime and violence prevention begins at home. Even having the feeling of security will allow you to lower your chances of becoming a victim, because you will have the confidence that acts as such a deterrent to low level criminals.