Commonsense tips on how to be safe in a foreign country
Rape, assault and violence – the news are full of sickening tales everyday. Every country, every neighborhood, every place has its flaws. One way or another, any city – big or small – is a victim of deadly crimes. It is a part of life; we are all exposed to some sort of danger all the time – at home or abroad.
In a foreign country, safety and security have always been keys concern of travelers and immigrants alike. Be it the streets of New York, south-side of Chicago, the suburbs of London, the cities in Australia….. the safety is always in the forefronts of anyone’s mind – travelers and immigrants alike.
An immigrant (or a minority) often considers herself/himself to be more exposed to the danger of personal safety for many reasons:
- The local criminals may find it easier or less risky to go after an outsider, or a minority group.
- Many societies blame the immigrants for unemployment and job-loss issues; this social bias or grudge can contribute to the crimes against them.
- Many fanatics may single out the minorities as a cause of their social agenda and target them.
While you cannot eliminate the racism or discrimination overnight, – even though it is a good wish, next to the cure of aging – there are certain things we can all do to be safer and more secure in a foreign land:
1. Select the residence location wisely: Pick a neighborhood with low crime rate that is safer to live. Do your research while selecting a residence. For example, many local newspapers publish information such as ‘Best places to raise a family’. A local real estate agent can also guide you to the safer areas. Avoid areas infested with crime.
2. Avoid bad company: It is simple as that, however, easier said than done. The company and the circle of friends you keep play a big role in day-to-day interactions with the society. Steer clear of the gang and crime infected social circles. Avoid areas with gang activities; stay away from unsavory characters.
3. Lock doors and windows: Once you have a residence selected in a good neighborhood, make it secure and burglar-proof. Install good quality dead-bolt locks on all the exterior doors. Also, Install quality locks on all the windows. Keeping your placed locked provides extra sense of security and deter burglars.
4. Trim over-grown shrubs and trees around the residence: Make sure to remove or trim shrubbery that hides doors and windows. That way, neighbors or passersby can see someone trying to break into your home. Limit the hiding spots for a burglar by keeping the bushes and trees tidy and well-trimmed.
5. Well-lit Place: Always have a light outside the front door and other areas of entrance. A well-lit area discourages the thieves and the bad guys. Continue reading