Having a checklist inside your vehicle

28 03 2012

Having a checklist inside your vehicle

Unfortunately society has been molded to not care so much about the events that happen outside of their “world”. By that I mean: for most people, they will not become concerned with Home Invasions if it is not happening in their neighborhood or running rampant in their town.

If you think about it from the perspective of a “somewhat smart” threat: would it be smarter to try and assault or steal from someone in a neighborhood that has had a lot of threatening activity or in a neighborhood that does not have any activity at all? Moral of this story is “just because it is not happening in your neighborhood, on your street or to someone that you know or care about, does not mean it could not happen to you!

It may sound simple (and by simple I mean nonsense to some) but to the ones that actually incorporate this into their normal activities, their chances of becoming the victim while in their vehicle will become greatly reduced. It is merely a safety step that can easily become part of your everyday activities to the point it becomes muscle memory. This muscle memory could dictate whether or not someone becomes a victim or not.

Safety first!

Always check your backseat before entering into your vehicle. By checking the backseat, you are able to see if anyone is hiding back there. If you were to enter your vehicle and a threat were to “pop” up unexpected, you would instantly become the victim as that threat would gain full control. You would have minimal options at that point.

Always have your key in your hand, ready to use on the door. By having the key in your hand and ready to use, instead of fumbling around for it, you would be prepared to open the door quickly if needed. You would also have a defensive object in the event someone were to approach you in a threatening manner (if you were not able to enter your vehicle first, that is).

Once you have ensured that your backseat is clear of any threats you would be able to open the door and enter the vehicle. Upon entry, before buckling your seatbelt, before starting your vehicle, before settling in: LOCK the door immediately. By locking the door you have initiated the first line of defense against a surprise “visitor”.

Once the door is locked, immediately start the vehicle and place the vehicle into the appropriate gear (if you are back into a parking spot: place it into “Drive” or “1st gear” and if you are pulled into a parking spot front-first: Place the vehicle into “Reverse”). By starting the vehicle and placing it into gear immediately you have initiated an emergency egress step if a threat were to attempt to enter your vehicle or threaten you.

If a threat were to attempt to surprise you and approached your vehicle quickly and with malice, you should be able to quickly drive away, honking your horn to attract as much attention as possible. This solidifies the importance of the locked door, though, because if it was not locked a threat could easily gain control of you and your vehicle and possibly cause you great harm, or worse.

Once you have the vehicle started and the vehicle in gear, this is the point where you buckle your seat belt. By doing this at this point, you have created an escape option for yourself that you may possibly need at some point. Once you are buckled in, then you can mess with your phone or bags or whatever you need to do inside your vehicle before pulling away.

By incorporating this into your daily routines, you would create a safety muscle memory that could save your life and possibly the lives of those in your vehicle also. Carjacking and vehicle assaults are very real and do not always get the media attention one would suspect. Most people now get their news online and focus on national news vice local news. Be aware of your surroundings and the more you prepare for your safety now, the more you decrease your risk of becoming a victim tomorrow.

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