Here at Maximus, we do everything we can to keep you and your loved ones safe while at home. We’re happy to provide great home security products that allow you to keep an eye on your home with the Maximus Smart Security Light, but we also want to provide general safety tips for when you’re out and about. Thefts or attacks can happen suddenly and unpredictably, so we want to help our readers and customers be prepared for any situation. The following are some personal safety tips you can follow while you’re away from home:

If you are at work or out shopping late, ask the security guard or a co-worker to walk with you to your car

Often times, attacks can happen in abandoned parking lots late at night when no one is around. Leaving work or a store at the same time with another person deters criminals from approaching you.

Do not carry more than you need

Carry only the minimum amount of money or credit cards you will need for the day. You never know who is watching when you pull out a large sum of money at the checkout counter.

Avoid using electronic devices

Put your phone away while using public transportation. Pay attention to what’s around you, especially when seated near the doors of public transportation. Thefts happen quickly, and thieves are more likely to grab phones from the hands of people sitting near the doors.

Keep headphones out of your ears

Listening to music inhibits you from listening to your surroundings. Keep headphones out of your ears so that you can pay attention to your surroundings.

Park in a well-lit area and avoid “shortcuts”

If possible, park under a light post or near the entrance of where you’re going. Avoid taking back roads or shortcuts to avoid getting lost.

It’s important to take your safety seriously when you’re outside of your home. It can be easy to overlook these tips, but don’t let your hectic life be the reason you put yourself in a dangerous situation. The best piece of advice we can give is to always trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel “right,” it’s most likely true.