Whether you shopped online or are fortunate enough to receive gifts from out of town loved ones, now is not the time to blindly open the door to delivery couriers.
Recently a van pulled into my driveway. I was not expecting anyone. Those who know me know that I “don’t do pop-overs.” Phone me from the driveway if you must, but don’t just show up at my door unannounced and expect me to answer it. I work from home and I’m a single parent and 9mm or not, opening the door just isn’t something I freely do. Call me paranoid, hermit, cautious, whatever – I just don’t do popovers.
Back to the van in my driveway. As I am a fan of online shopping, so I’m not stranger to delivery vehicles, I wasn’t not expecting anything from a Ryder Cargo Van.
I cautiously looked out the window, okay – covertly looked, to see a man get out, not dressed in any uniform nor any identifying logos. This was a big flag for me. Meanwhile my gal pal was on the phone and said to me, “Boy when we see a strange Ryder van pull up unexpectedly, we run for cover.” Nice friend, thanks. I’m already trying to determine who is encroaching on my space and you need to plant that little seed in my head. Continue reading
More importantly though is getting into the habit of always checking your tires before getting into your vehicle. There’s a reason airplane pilots and school bus drivers perform a walk-around looking for anything out of the ordinary – to avoid problems once they depart.
With the recent fluctuations in weather temperatures it’s not uncommon for tires to lose air. If you’re not careful you could find yourself stranded with a flat tire. Don’t put yourself in a situation where an unscrupulous knight in shining armor has an excuse to stop and help you. While many good Samaritans do exist – it’s naive to think everyone who stops to help only has your best interest at heart.
Checking your lipstick and tires can prevent embarrassment and personal harm.
Ayers on the Side of Caution teams with high schools and universities across the country to offer crime avoidance programs. Today’s campuses, like any other community, are faced with the real prospect of crime; awareness prevention better equips every member of the community to protect themselves and deter these threats.
School administrators love these workshops because it allows them to begin a proactive approach toward teaching students about crime avoidance and prevention, which delivers enormous benefit to learning institutions. Additionally these informative presentations can help offset Title IX liability risks faced by school districts.
Ayers on the Side of Caution offers interactive training sessions that address personal security techniques geared toward teens while on or enroute to campus as well as targeting young adults living away from home or while in adult social settings. Continue reading