7 Personal Safety Tips We All Should Follow

By August 31, 2022 Protection, Security

As schools reopen and more companies start encouraging – if not expecting – their staff to come back to work after Labor Day, this is an excellent time to have a refresher on personal safety.

“During the pandemic, we were asked to stay home,” says Johnathan Tall, CEO of TAL Global, a leading risk management and security consulting firm based in Silicon Valley, CA. “Now that we can get out again, some of us are not as cautious on the streets as we should be.”

Because of this, Tal lists 7 personal safety tips we should follow, whether going back to school or the office:

  1. Situational Awareness. Be always alert to your surroundings, especially at night, using ATMs, or on public transportation.
  2. No walking and texting. Thieves look for people walking and texting. They’re easy targets.
  3. Air Pods. Apple devices are popular targets for thieves. They look for people wearing white Air Pods (the color of wireless Apple earbuds). Re-consider wearing them when out and about or pay more attention to your surroundings when wearing them.

    [[What’s Wrong with this Picture? This woman is captivated by the music, but not paying attention to her surroundings or personal safety.]]

  4. Head’s high. When walking on the street, keep your head high and look confident. Make eye contact. Perpetrators are very attuned to body language. People looking strong and confident are avoided; those looking down or passive are targets.
  5. Spare bucks. If someone on the street asks for money or your wallet, have five to ten dollars handy to give them. Often just giving something will end the assault.
  6. Be sure and toss. If accosted, always toss money, your wallet, or electronic devices on the ground. When the thief bends to pick them up, that’s your cue to run and yell for help.
  7. Trust your instincts. If something does not look right, trust your instincts. “Our intuition is always there,” says Arianna Huffington in her book, Thrive. “[It’s] reading the situation and trying to steer us in the right direction.”

Another personal safety concern to be aware of involves ride-sharing services, adds Tal. “As soon as you get in the car, ask the driver, ‘what’s my name?’ Never get into the car unless the driver can identify you.”



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TAL Global, an elite security consulting and risk management firm, has been protecting human and physical assets around the globe for 28 years. The company includes a team of world-class, interdisciplinary security experts that join forces to identify, analyze, and mitigate risks for their clients from every vulnerability – inside and out.


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