In the confident bloom and flush of youth (ages 15 to 23, let’s say) it’s easy to overlook or to entirely be unaware of personal security. Teens to young adults are famously sketched in books, essays and poetry as thinking themselves immortal, impervious to injury, attack, theft, sickness and other basically bad happenstances.
Regardless of the immortal attitude of these coming-of-age years, the reality is that youth are very vulnerable to any kind of injury, attack or other very bad stuff. The daily news on our mobile devices, laptops, TV’s or print vehicles is full of stories of mayhem and mishap for teens to college age youth. It doesn’t matter that you’re somewhat famous, a celebrity, or somehow a VIP – you’re vulnerable to the untoward event.
Of course, celebrity teens and early twenties are probably going to have bodyguards like our team at WWPro for personal security.
Here’s what you can do to be your own personal security person:
- Remain aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Refrain from talking on a cell phone or music listening with earphones while walking.
- Walk with a friend if possible.
- Walk confidently, in a manner that puts off potential intruders. This includes “walking tall” with shoulders back, head held high on the neck, and having a brisker stride.
- Be careful of taking out maps or timing schedules too publicly as this could give clues of being lost or uncertain of surroundings.
- Use caution and due vigilance when carrying and displaying valuables such as mobile phones, credit cards or cash.
- Be wary when drinking any beverage (from sodas to alcohol) as it is very easy for drinks to have drugging substances put in them.
- Keep an eye on alcohol (or other substances) consumption so as not to become impaired to the point where you’re unaware of what’s happening or confused.