Sensible Codes of Conduct {for safety}

Common Sensible Codes of Conduct {for your own safety}

Last month – we touched on some to the tech codes of conduct we have recently begun following (i.e., limiting smartphone use, etc.) Today we’ll talk about some other (common) sensible codes of conduct that can help preserve your well being in many different circumstances.

Think: Keep a Low Profile

Maintaining a “low profile” is a key strategy to adopt in almost all situations, such as:

Never personalize your car. No bumper stickers (especially political), vanity plates, or stickers that project the size of your family. Any of those can potentially lead to interest in your car and who / what’s inside. And may very well lead to vandalism or other pointless outcomes. Always appear to be average, try to blend in.

Never make personal calls within earshot of others. “Honey, just waiting for my cab. You’re with the kids on the way to the airport?” while standing in front of your house is a fucking dumb idea. Same goes for financial issues, legal issues, health topics, and pretty much anything other than “okay, understood” should be spoken about in non-private situations. You never know who is listening.

Be mum about your affiliations when in the company of strangers. Whether it’s a neighborhood party, business luncheon or even at a local bar – treading lightly is the best advice when it comes to what you speak about. Feel everyone out. Be ambiguous. And ask enough test questions in order to gauge what is safe to talk about and what isn’t. This applies to the same topics as above. Talking about your big lottery win out loud at a sketchy tavern can lead to bad things.

Phone out of sight – eyes on your environs. To me, it appears that nine out of 10 people these days are “heads down” on their phones while they walk from place to place. Not only is this stupid from a “watch where you’re walking, asshole!” perspective – it’s also dumb because it leaves you vulnerable from a personal safety standpoint. Everything from idiotic drivers doing the same thing, crashing trains, or creepy toolbags who might want to rob your (or worse). Use your phone when you’re in a more sensible location. Or at the very least – stop moving, put your back to the wall and body out of the way. See this great video from Casey Neistat which demonstrates sensible safety maneuvers and common courtesy:

Say no to tattoos. But if you’re one of the nearly every other person (18-40 years old) that insists on having one – At least keep ’em private! While artsy tattoos might not offend people, highly personal to potentially offensive ones (like a big rack of titties splattered on your forehead) will limit your options in life. Jobs, respect, etc. That’s not saying it might open other avenues (street gangs, circus freak shows, backstage at a metal concert, etc.)

Think: Always observe

Being highly observant is not just required for Secret Service Agents. Anyone with a few ounces of self-preservation should have been in possession of this trait their whole life. However, it’s still a good idea to refresh your memory.

Be extra keen in large, crowded situations. Festivals. Concerts. Densely populated city areas. Tourist locations. Same goes for smaller venues that are “packed.” Know where all emergency exits are, as well as windows, stairs (in elevator buildings) and so on. Commit to memory. Because if some “shit breaks out,” you have just a few seconds before a dangerous stampede can bust loose.

Feel the pulse of those around you. A focused, observant individual will be able to sense trouble way before it happens. Like if you see a modest group of people that look “less than desirable” with the possibility of being up to no good – it’s best to begin making other arrangements. Which include relocation to a safer area, or just getting out of there. If it doesn’t smell right – why bother? Your gut instinct is usually right.

Paying attention and being observant doesn’t have to be exhausting or time-consuming. Those who are skilled – can make quick and accurate assessments in just a few seconds. But it’s always important to never drop your guard entirely. And having an exceptional attention span is paramount.

What skills or common sense tactics do you use to ensure a safe life?

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