Never put the first name of a child on the back of their sports jersey/baseball shirt. A criminal would simply call their name and an avoidable tragedy occurs.
When you purchase a large item, never leave the box/container for trash pickup showing item. This invites trouble, wow, the Johnson’s got a new television. Next thing you know, you are being robbed or burglarized. Destroy the box so that the contents are not visible to any passerby, tear it down, pull off the picture, turn it inside out, whatever it takes even if it means a trip to the local disposal site.
GPS setting: Never set “home” to your actual address. Someone steals your GPS and the first thing they do, look up your home address.
Where’s your toothbrush? Scientific studies have shown that when you flush the toilet, spray moves throughout the room up to six feet. So, I ask again, where’s your toothbrush? Mine is in the medicine cabinet. Just say’n.
Do not drop sharp knives in soapy water when washing dishes by hand. Select item, wash immediately. Stitches waiting with unseen cutlery in suds.
When you approach your car in a large shopping area or parking downtown, look underneath – perp may lie in wait and cut your Achilles tendon totally disabling you. Just a tilt of the head can give you power over your safety.
Carry car keys in dominant hand with longest key sticking out in-between your fingers; if you’re attacked, gouge eye, neck, hand wherever you can make contact.
Never post driver’s license picture. This is especially true for those who just passed their driver’s test, they are so excited to show it to the world, but predators are lurking. They will enlarge the photo and then they have the home address, birthdate, and are on their way to burglary, robbery, or identity theft.
Sometimes you can do everything right, and shit still happens. When in public, don’t lose yourself in your phone; situational awareness may save your life.