JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- How safe are you? The latest government stats show personal crimes are at their lowest level, so you should feel somewhat secure. But you don't want to become complacent and that's whether you're at home or on Summer vacation.
Here are my top ten ways to take charge of your safety.
Change your thought pattern. Make it a habit to pay attention to your surroundings, especially when you're away from your home. Never put yourself in a position where you have to defend yourself.
Learn to trust what your eyes and ears are telling you. The National Crime Prevention Council said you should always act confident and focused.
When you go out to lunch or dinner never hang your purse on the back of a chair in the restaurant put it under the table, and men if you put jacket on the back of the chair make sure you remove your wallet.
Parents taking charge of your safety also includes your children. Talk to your children and practice safety skills with them.
When you're online whether at home or in a hotel, make sure the wi-fi service and the website you're visiting is secured, especially if you plan to make financial transactions online. A secured website will have the hyperlink "https."
In today's social media world it is easy to compromise your safety. Do not post your travel plans on social media sites. Share what you're doing only on a need to know basis, like with a neighbor.
If you're planning on flying, after boarding, here's something you might never have thought about, store your carry on bag in the bin across the aisle from your seat, not directly above you, so you can see if someone tries to reach into it during flight.
If you're traveling in your car, give yourself plenty of room between you and the car in front of you. There are accident scams designed to get you out of the vehicle and therefore making you vulnerable. And if you have to stop to get gas or for any other reason always keep your doors locked.
Credit cards are convenient but whether at home or on vacation take only one or two cards and keep them in your sight. It is also smart to contact your card company and let them know your travel dates and find out what to do if the cards are lost or stolen.
Create a list. A list of account numbers for credit cards, ATM cards, traveler checks, drivers licenses number and other documents in order to control the damage if you should lose any of these items. Then put that list in a secured place.