It’s the festive season once more! December is here and often brings with it a busy calendar. It can be a time to catch up with friends and family, celebrate with colleagues, head off on a holiday, attend an event in Perth, the list is endless. But it is also a time to remember some easy steps to protect yourself and your belongings.
NPB Security is one of Western Australia’s leading security providers, safeguarding people and assets for over 14 years in the retail, hospitality, mining, and construction sectors. A proud sponsor of Constable Care Foundation’s City After Dark Program, NPB Security shares their top tips to keep you safe and happy this summer…
- Stick together
Look after your friends at events and on nights out, and keep in touch to make sure everyone gets home safely.
- Don’t leave your drink unattended
Avoid losing sight of your drink – if unavoidable, only leave your drink with someone you trust to keep it safe. Sadly, not everyone has good intentions on a night out, and it is better to be safe than sorry – when it doubt, tip it out.
- Stay hydrated
Whether you’re at an event or in your own backyard, be sure to drink plenty of water! Plan ahead to ensure you have enough water to keep you going at events, the beach, or any of the beautiful outdoor areas around Perth and Western Australia.
- Ask for help from a security guard or police officer
Security guards and police attend events to keep you safe, so if you need help, don’t hesitate to ask for it.
- Slip Slop Slap
Slip on protective clothing – look for clothing that covers as much skin as possible when out in the sun, as well as materials that have a close weave for higher UV protection. Slop on SPF30+ sunscreen – try to find water resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen that meets Australian standards and is within the use by date. Slap on a hat – make sure to shade as much of your face, head, neck, ears, and eyes as possible.
- Seek Slide
Seek shade – but remember to double up on protections with your clothing, hat, and sunscreen. Slide on some sunglasses – look for frames that fit close to your face, meet Australian standards, and have an eye protection factor of 10.
- Plan ahead
If you plan to drink, plan not to drive. Try using public transport or rideshare services, and keep a check on yourself and your friends when walking near roads or vehicles.
- Protect yourself as a pedestrian
It is very easy for a pedestrian to become invisible to the driver of a car, so lean on your road safety skills to ensure you are doing your best to stay safe. Never assume that a driver will see you or will have enough time to stop. An extra few seconds of patience when crossing a road could save your life.
- Know the rules, and stick to them
Be sure to adhere to Western Australia’s road rules as both a driver and a passenger of a vehicle. Stick to the speed limits, wear a seatbelt, put your phone away when driving, and regularly check your car for safety risks before hitting the road.
Secure Your Home
- Be aware of what is on display
It’s exciting to share your decorations, wrapped gifts, and new things, but be aware of what you are advertising to passers-by or people with ill intentions. Make sure to lock your home and limit view of meaningful or valuable items through your windows – this may attract unwanted attention or opportunistic incidents.
- Don’t leave signs that you’re away
If you are leaving your home, ask a relative, friend, or neighbour to check on your home while you are away. Simple things like collecting your mail and taking your bins in and out can help to create the impression of someone being home. Sensor lights and lamp timing switches are a worthy investment to help deter any unwanted visitors from approaching your house.
- Social media
Be selective about what you share on social media and to whom – sharing your holiday on your private account where you can control who has access to your photos and location information is another way to help prevent opportunistic and unwanted visitors around your home while you are away.
From everyone at NPB Security – enjoy this wonderful time of year and celebrate safely!