Many abduction reports have surfaced on the news and social media in the past weeks, causing a bit of panic from the public. It is understandable to feel unsafe going out because most of the confirmed and ongoing cases of abduction occurred in public places.
While the news of abduction bring about a frightening thought for everyone, we have no choice but to soldier on because going out will be part of our routine, because some errands and even essential activities will still require us to be out of the house. And so, here are five practical ways to ensure your safety when going out:
Always inform your family, friends, or loved ones of your whereabouts
Whether intentional or not, many people actually do not disclose their whereabouts when outside. Always make it a habit to tell your family, friends, or loved ones where you are going, who you are meeting, and what your planned activities are. Doing this would make it easier for them to locate you, in case the need arises. This also assures your loved ones that you are alright at any given time.
Install a location tracker on your smartphone
Take advantage of today’s advance technology. Smartphones now have features you could use to inform others of your location in real time, which may now be a necessary download for everyone.
Some of the useful tracking applications available on App Store and Google Play that you could use and share with your family are Life360, FamiSafe, and Glympse.
Secure emergency numbers on your phone
Aside from family, friends, and loved ones, remember that you can also seek help from the authorities. Keep these numbers memorized, just in case:
National Emergency Hotline: 911
Philippine National Police (PNP
Emergency Hotline: 117 | (02) 8722-065
Text Hotline: 0917-847-5757
Make sure you always have enough mobile data or load before going out
Never, NEVER, go out of the house without enough mobile data or load. This should be self-explanatory.
Stay away from places where you could be an easy target
Empty locations, poorly-lit areas, areas with no CCTV cameras installed, places with bad reputation, generally places where you feel uncomfortable in–stay away from these places. If it’s not possible to avoid these locations, always check where you can exit, or where you can turn to for help.
If possible, bring a companion or two when going out
There is truth to the saying “there is strength in numbers.” Try to go out in groups so you don’t become a target.
This may sound cliché, but as the saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry. Live your life to the fullest, yes, but stay cautious and prepared.
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