January is a time when people decide that it’s time to get fit, eat less, quit smoking, and generally get healthier. New Year’s resolutions are made and quickly forgotten as life gets in the way. Instead of making a resolution that you aren’t likely to stick to, why not concentrate on making this year a safer one?

We are generally protected by the police and other members of law enforcement in our communities, but our first line of defense is ourselves. When we are more aware of our own safety and stake steps to protect it, we are much better off. Here are ways that you can make this year the safest one yet for you and your family.

1. Identity Theft

Identity theft is old news to some, until they are dealing with it personally. Don’t get negligent or complacent when it comes to protecting your identity. Review your bank and credit card statements regularly, and remove your personal information from websites where it has been stored.

2. Parking

You will go the store several times in the coming months. Keep parking safety in mind. Always park in well-lit areas, have your keys in your hand when approaching your vehicle, and ask for an escort from the store staff if you are walking to your vehicle alone in the dark.

3. Stay Aware

It is easy to let our guard down when we are walking with a purpose. Whether you are exercising or trying to get into a building, keep your wits about you. Complacency is the enemy when you are moving about. Know where you are, pay attention to the people around you and keep your personal belongings tucked out of sight.

4. Driving

It goes without saying that you shouldn’t drive if you’ve been drinking. That said, it is also important that you keep a first aid and emergency kit in your car. Keep an eye on the weather reports to know what type of conditions you will be driving in. If you come across a disabled vehicle on the side of the road, call emergency services but be careful about stopping.

5. At Home

Make sure that you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed. Help to deter theft by making sure your exterior is well lit and landscaping is cut back away from doors and windows. If you don’t already have one, consider having a security system installed.

Keeping yourself safe in the new year should be a priority. Follow the tips above to make sure that you and your family have the best year that you can have. Don’t make the mistake of relying on anyone else to ensure the safety of you, your property and your loved ones.

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