1. In Mt. Pleasant, in 88% of the reported vehicle break-ins, the vehicle was unlocked. Do you lock your car when it is in your driveway? How about when it is in the garage?
2. Personal flashlight –movie theaters to power outages to buildings on fire all can be overcome a lot better with the use of a personal light. Many are the right size to fit in your pocket and if held tightly, can be used as a self weapons for strikes and punches.
3. Situational awareness of what and who is around you. If the area is unfamiliar, ask a friend or acquaintance if they know the area and anything that you should be a cautious of.
4. Having your car door key, not just your keychain in your hand before you walk out of the store or movie theater.
5. Think three hours ahead. Sure it is light outside now but what time will you be leaving the party? Will it be dark? Will it require you to walk several blocks to your car in the dark? In your walk from your car to the party, did you notice if there were any suspicious looking vehicles or buildings or a large clump of bushes that could hide a full sized person? Did you notice any street lights? Did you notice a lot of street activity? Was it families and bicycles or thugs?
6. Are you wearing anything or doing anything that would make you stand out as a target? Most crime is a crime of opportunity with little or no planning. When you pay for an item, if you generally know how much it is going to be ahead of time, put that much money in your pocket and pay with it. Using a card is better but you don’t want to be fumbling through your wallet in front of a bunch of strangers and letting everyone see that you just got paid or that you hit it big in Vegas.
7. Do you store your tools in the garage where anyone can see them from the street? If I ride past your house, is it easy to spot that you have a brand new weed eater? They may not be the most valuable things that you own but lawn and garden type power tools are some of the easiest to steal and the easiest to sell, either to a pawn shop or to the unscrupulous landscaper down the street. The same goes for construction tools like saws, hammers, cordless drills, etc.