Moving to a new city can be both exciting and overwhelming. While there will undoubtedly be new adventures and opportunities, there may also be new dangers. Being prepared and dealing realistically with the risk will make the transition easier. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Learn Your Way Around
Familiarize yourself with the areas in which you will live and work. Depending on how you get around, identify potentially risky situations. For example, where and how far away will you have to walk to either your workplace or your home? A secure parking structure with an internal entrance to home or office is ideal, but may not be available. During daylight hours, with lots of people around, scope out the possibilities and plan the best and safest routes in the neighborhoods where you will live and work.
Consider Buying A Street Map
Yes, all cell phones have features to tell you how to get from point A to point B. But how much can you really see on a small screen or even a computer monitor? Sometimes it helps to get the big picture, to see how to get across town, or which neighborhoods you will be passing through to work or to shop.
Locate Public Services
Know where your nearest police and fire stations are. If you run into trouble, these are the safest places to head. A potential attacker will never follow you into a police or fire station. Also, these are excellent sources for information on crime and which parts of town may pose a risk.
Consider an Alarm System
Even if you live in a secure building in the best part of town, an alarm system in your home or apartment is the best way to ensure your safety. An experienced representative can inspect your living space and make recommendations that will suit your circumstances and your budget.Babb Security Systems locksmiths from Newfoundland say you should also invest in good deadbolts and locks no matter where you go.
Get To Know Your Neighbors
The myth about city dwellers being cold and standoffish is just that, a myth. Make sure you introduce yourself to your neighbors and patronize the small businesses in your area, such as coffee shops. Even a nodding acquaintance will make others aware of you and keep more eyes out. People who know and recognize you will be your best allies in a bad situation.
Don’t be an outsider. Paying attention to and participating in your new community are the best ways to stay connected, happy, and safe in your new home.
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