In this second part of the article, “How to Detect a Villain: Learning to Be Aware of Predators, Pedophiles and Other Potentially Threatening People”, we’ll go through a few safety tips especially for when you are at home and abroad. Many people have the false idea that their home is a safe haven. Yet, confrontations with predators, pedophiles and other threats is just as likely, if not more so, to happen at home as it is in some distant land. Caution should be used wherever you are to ensure the safety of you and your family.
Database of Registered Sex Offenders
Few people know that all convicted sex offenders are required to register with their state’s registered sex offender database. By visiting the website for your state’s Department of Corrections, you should be able to find links to this information. You will be asked to enter your address and a list of nearby registered sex offenders will be displayed. The information shown will have a photo, name, age, and other distinguishing characteristics of the offender.
Their reason for conviction will also be listed. If you haven’t already done so, it will be good to be aware of offenders that live in your neighborhood. If you are planning on moving to a new home, check the database before you move to verify if the area is safe. For obvious reasons, areas with a higher number of criminal offenders tend to be more dangerous than areas with lower numbers.
Home Security System
Having a home security system can be a great way to help you feel secure. Thieves and other predators are less likely to enter a home if they know it is protected by a security system. If you can’t afford a security system, there are other things you can do to protect your home: leave a light on when you aren’t home, get deadbolts or secure locks on all your doors and windows, and don’t leave any expensive equipment in plain sight. Try to vary your routine as much as possible, which will give potential predators fewer opportunities.
Never Go out Alone without Telling Someone Your Plans
Never going out alone should be an obvious solution to safety. You never know what can happen, especially when you and your family members are in an unfamiliar place. It’s always best to be with someone else when leaving your hotel or wherever you are staying. However, if you are the adventurous type and want to see things that others don’t, then you may decide to take a few trips on your own. If you do, always make sure that someone knows exactly where you are going. If necessary, create an itinerary and give it to fellow travelers or someone at the front desk of the hotel. If you don’t return, they will at least have an idea of where to look for you. Never let children or teenagers go off alone, even if it’s just for a second
Carry Identification and Emergency Contact Info
When going anywhere abroad, whether alone or with family, make sure you are carrying some form of identification. Since carrying purses or bags can sometimes be dangerous, you may want to consider getting a money belt and hiding all personal items of value in it. The money belt fits around your waist and goes underneath your clothing so it can’t be easily seen by anyone. Tourists, especially those in family groups, are often prime targets for predators. They know that the parents can easily be separated from children. Make sure that each family member has ID and Emergency Contact info at all times in case you are separated.
About the Author
- Natalie Clive is a writer for My Colleges and Careers, a website which helps prospective students determine if an online education is right for them. Website tools help them search for online courses and complete online degree programs. Getting a college degree improves quality of life and brings a sense of satisfaction to achievers.
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