Are you Prepared?

Dated: 07/05/2018

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Having had a gun pulled on me- I cannot use the excuse "That will never happen to me" and neither should you!

Keeping yourself safe is all about being aware of your surroundings and being prepared for the unthinkable. People may not realize it, but as a Realtor, I am in a very dangerous profession. I spent today at a Safety and Security Class for Realtors. The information was invaluable and could be life saving. I wanted to share a few key points with all my clients and readers.

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Many of us go about our day to day lives completely unaware of our surroundings. Being more diligent and less complacent about the world around us could make all the difference in the world. Here is a list of some simple changes you can make or items to keep in mind to help avoid becoming a victim:

  1. Know your Escape routes at all times. Find at least two escape routes anytime you enter a building.
  2. Trust your instincts! If you are uncomfortable about a situation or area- GET OUT!
  3. Put your head on a swivel (so to speak). Always watch what is happening all around you.
  4. Check the backseat and floor of your car before you get in.
  5. Always have your keys out and ready to open your car door.
  6. Only unlock the Drivers side door.
  7. Do not just sit in your car! Lock the doors once you get in and get moving.
  8. Do not let Strangers get close enough to touch you. Always give yourself space and distance. Do not let yourself get backed into a corner or trapped.
  9. Don't reveal too much information in online Profiles- i.e (don't let people know you are on vacation).
  10. Use the Buddy system.
  11. Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you at a stoplight to avoid getting boxed in.
  12. Make sure someone knows where you are at all times.
  13. NEVER leave or get into a car with your attacker. FIGHT or RUN!
  14. If you do find yourself in the trunk of a vehicle- kick out the passenger side tail light and stick your hand or foot out to draw the attention of other drivers.
  15. Walk with confidence. Don't make yourself look like an easy target.

Obviously I am not a self defense expert. Every situation is going to be different and will need to be handled differently. The purpose of this Blog is to give some simple tips and create more awareness. There are hundreds of other tips out there. I just wanted to sow the seed and start the thought process going. Aside from being diligent about your personal safety- I would highly recommend researching Self Defense classes. Your first line of defense is You!

I survived my frightening ordeal because I had a father that was always teaching me how to handle myself in very stressful circumstances. He taught me to stay calm, be ready, and use my brain. The gunman did not get what he wanted and I walked away without a scratch. Others have not been so lucky. Please take the time to talk with your family about safety- especially your children. My Dad's advice has always stuck with me and gotten me out of some pretty scary ordeals.

 

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Jessica Cone

My name is Jessica Cone and I specialize in assisting home Buyers and Sellers throughout the Salt Lake Valley with an emphasis on Downtown Salt Lake City, The Avenues, Holladay, Sandy, Cottonwood He....

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