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How to Stay Safe This Fall

Image for a blog on how to stay safe during the fall. Safety tips for situational awareness.

Fall is known for change; time change, temperature change, and change in clothing. Sometimes, change can welcome chaos. With the upcoming hectic season, we want to offer a few tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this autumn. Many of these tips may seem obvious, but it’s easy to overlook something so seemingly simple when you’re in the midst of chaos (no matter how fun that chaos may be). Below, you’ll find a few ways you can upgrade your preparedness this season, as well as some tips you can share with your family.

Here are the areas you should consider reevaluating as we get into the fall season:

  • Enhancing Your Everyday Carry
  • Protecting Your Vehicle
  • Safeguarding Your Home

Don’t forget to check out our bonus tips at the end! These are our top 5 safety tips to share with your family as we head into a new season. 

Modify Your Everyday Carry (EDC) for Fall

Time to bust out your favorite hoodie! Cooler temperatures mean you’ll naturally be wearing more clothes, which is great for the EDC community. Sweatshirts and jackets make it easier to conceal larger firearms without printing. Unfortunately, this is true for the “bad guys” as well, so we also recommend taking a look at your EDC bag to make sure you have everything, like a med kit and flashlight. Vertx Tactigami accessories are great to store these items, plus extra mags, or any other EDC essentials you can’t go without. 

Image of an EDC get home bag, or known as a bug out bag

Of course, we’d be foolish to not mention that it’s easier to wear body armor with the cooling weather. Consider switching from off-body carry to a concealable vest like our Discreet Executive Vestwhich provides a significant amount of coverage but doesn’t scream “I’m wearing body armor”.  

Customer reviews of the bulletproof concealable body armor vest say it is a great fit and comfortable body armor.

 

How to Protect Your Vehicle and Valuables Inside

An often neglected aspect to consider is the safety measures involving your vehicle. It’s wise to include a warm blanket in your car; under the circumstance of a breakdown, you won’t regret having a blanket to keep you warm, especially if you’re stranded for quite some time. 

Speaking of breaking down, colder weather also takes a toll on your vehicle’s battery.  Be sure that you have jumper cables in all your vehicles, and that everyone in your family knows how to use them.  Tire patch kits and a DC powered air pump are also great to have on hand. I also keep a get home bag in my truck.  It has all sorts of useful tools.  It obviously has one of our backpack inserts, a bleed control kit, a multitool, firestarter, gloves, and hat. 

Image of an emergency car tool kit.

Remember that blanket we mentioned above? You could also use it to hide your valuables in your car. The theft of personal items or gifts from cars are 28% higher on Black Friday than any other day of the year.* When you’re Black Friday shopping, remember to cover your valuables and Christmas gifts!

Studies show that property crime reaches its maximum during the winter months*. Therefore, it’s wise to park your car in your garage if you’re able. If not, be sure your home has a working safety light or flood lights to deter any unwanted visitors at night. The same can apply when parking in public. If you or your family are out and about at the grocery store, mall, or sporting event, try parking under a light. Not only will it cause someone to second-guess breaking in, but it also serves as a great landmark for finding your car quickly and easily.

Safeguarding Your Home for the Holidays

Dorothy said it best; there’s no place like home. When travel and deliveries are at an all time high, it’s important to remember your home safety. The first major fall holiday, Halloween, brings a 60% increase in property crime.* By making sure doors are locked and you keep your garage closed, you can deter any unwanted theft. If you haven’t already, consider an outdoor camera system like Ring, Blink, or Toucan to help monitor any movement. 

But what about all of those deliveries that may pile up as we get closer to the holidays? If you know you’ll be getting packages delivered, try to arrange deliveries on a day you know someone will be home. With Amazon, you can group items at checkout so everything arrives in one box, drawing less attention than a stack on the front porch. You can even have deliveries shipped to a secure locker location, which may not be as convenient, but ensures you are the only one retrieving the package.

With traveling increasing during the holiday season, up 54% over Thanksgiving and 23% during Christmas and New Year’s, according to the US Department of Transportation, make arrangements for a friend or neighbor to collect any mail delivered while you’re gone. A full mailbox can be a signal no one has been home. 

Image of delivery packages on a front porch.

Many people also use daylight savings as a reminder to check the carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries for the winter. 

Bonus! Top 5 Safety Tips to Share With Your Family This Fall:

How to Stay Safe in a Parking Lot

It’s important to be fully aware and present in a parking lot. The first step would be to consider where you park. It’s best to park under lighting and away from vans with sliding doors. When walking in a parking lot, walk confident and keep your head on a swivel. You should be able to know who is walking in front, beside, or behind you.

Criminals often judge people by observing their body language and taking note if the potential victim presents awareness of their surroundings. Most attacks can be prevented by looking around to see if anyone is in the area or following you. 

Image of safety awareness walking in a parking lot

The only time you should use your cell phone in the parking lot is as an additional safety precaution. You could use your cell phone to call someone so a threatening person knows there is someone on the line to hear an attack. Otherwise,your cell phone is a distraction for you, and welcomes an opportunity for attack

How to Stay Safe When Trick-or-Treating

Tricks and treats aren’t the only thing you can get on Halloween. On average, crime-related claims spike by 24% on Halloween. With the cover of darkness and people gone from their homes and cars for extended periods of time, make sure you and your property aren’t a target by keeping your doors locked.

When it comes time for your kids to dress up and trick-or-treat, make sure they know a few simple situational awareness skills before heading out. If they will be going out with friends, make sure they stay together and have them check in with you every so often to keep you updated. If you are planning to go with them, designate meet-up spots along the way, like the top of a smaller cul-de-sac. That way, you can keep an eye on everyone moving from house to house and reconvene at checkpoints. Remind them to keep their head out of their phones and be aware of their surroundings as much as possible.

How to stay safe while trick or treating

In all of the excitement, make sure everyone is aware of cars. Halloween sees a 43% rise in pedestrian casualties, according to a study cited by the Institute for Childhood Preparedness.* Many families find it safer to trick-or-treat in a neighborhood instead of along a more trafficked road, but it’s always best practice to stay on the sidewalks.

How to Stay Safe when Shopping

We all know there is an insane amount of foot traffic around the holidays. Parking lots, malls, and stores are flooded with people. When leaving your car unattended to go shopping, again, it is important to keep your valuables covered and park under lighting. 

If you’re shopping with your kids, always keep them within reach. Have your kids walk in front of you if possible. If you choose to split up from your teenage kids, have them check in with you periodically. 

How to stay safe while black friday shopping.

It’s important to note as well that a high percentage of attacks occur near ATMs in busier locations, even if it is in broad daylight. Never flash your money, but keep it concealed until it is time to pay. In some cases it may be wise to have your money spread in different locations like your purse and pockets. 

How to Stay Safe at Night

It’s starting to get darker earlier, which makes it easier for people wanting to harm you to have the courage and cover of darkness on their side. When walking to your car, park under lighting and as close to an entrance as possible. Make sure your hands aren’t full and you have something easily accessible to defend yourself, like your firearm or pepper spray. As soon as you get into your car, lock the doors, and don’t sit scrolling on your phone, distracted, before driving away

Image of situational awareness in a dark parking lot

The darkness doesn’t have to be scary, but being aware of your surroundings and keeping your head up can make you less of a target. If you enjoy getting outside for exercise or a run, be mindful of where you choose to go, and keep your earbud volume down (and off noise cancellation) so you can hear what’s going on around you.


How to Stay Safe When Traveling

The great thing about our backpack armor is that it is TSA approved for travel! If you’re traveling to a city with a high crime rate, you’re able to take ballistic protection with you. Just because you’re in a gun free zone, doesn’t mean you should be completely without a line of defense. Consider traveling with armor in your backpack, wearing an Everyday Armor T-Shirt, or putting a ballistic insert in the purse. 

Image of TSA approved backpack armor for travel.

We’ve all seen Home Alone and know what robbers will do once they realize you’re out of town! Your home is vacant, you’re away, and who’s to stop them from breaking in? Be wise. Don’t post on social media that you’re traveling for the holidays or that you’re out of town.

Have someone you trust collect your packages if you do receive a delivery, or schedule deliveries for when you’re home to receive them.  

We know some of these may sound like common sense, but when life gets busy, you and your family's safety shouldn’t be something that gets put on the back burner. 

 

Sources: 

The theft of personal items or gifts from cars are 28% higher on Black Friday 

Halloween, brings a 60% increase in property crime

43% rise in pedestrian casualties during Halloween

 


100 Responses

Chris White
Chris White

November 01, 2022

Don’t forget to stay hydrated. Just because it isn’t hot out doesn’t mean you don’t need to drink fluids.

Brady
Brady

November 01, 2022

Great article, I would definitely say a pocket knife with you at all times, and a lighter(packed fist)

Matt B
Matt B

November 01, 2022

Avoiding fights and problematic people when possible is exceptionally important as well. Not always possible but there’s no reason to engage with idiots who will probably end up suing you anyway.

Jim Nicola
Jim Nicola

November 01, 2022

WOW! Don’t know how this came to my email but very glad it did. A lot of useful info.

Jim N.

Jeff
Jeff

November 01, 2022

Good stuff

outdoorwilds1
outdoorwilds1

November 01, 2022

Awareness is so key.

JY
JY

November 01, 2022

Good stuff! Like others have already said – pay attention to your surroundings at all times.

Noel Bongartz
Noel Bongartz

November 01, 2022

Some very good tips given.

Mikial
Mikial

November 01, 2022

Good practical suggestions that too many people take for granted. Complacency kills.

Brandon
Brandon

November 01, 2022

Great tips! Stay warm and stay hydrated!

Mark O.
Mark O.

November 01, 2022

Great info, thank you!!

Phil H
Phil H

November 01, 2022

Great tips and advice.

Cindi O
Cindi O

November 01, 2022

Alway have someone know where you are heading and roughly what time you will be there.

Kevin C.
Kevin C.

November 01, 2022

Thanks for the information.

James s
James s

November 01, 2022

All good reminders. Always remember the safety zone around you. The personal space in which you can react may be life saving once the bad guy gets in to close the time to react becomes none.

Ellie bellie
Ellie bellie

November 01, 2022

Definitely got to pay attention to come more nowadays

James B
James B

November 01, 2022

Nice

LiquidAg
LiquidAg

October 31, 2022

Looks pretty good!

RICHARD H
RICHARD H

October 31, 2022

These are all very good suggestions for those willing to listen.

Joel
Joel

October 31, 2022

Great stuff as always

CA
CA

October 31, 2022

Great article, but folks should also practice situational awareness and put their phones away while running around!

Charles
Charles

October 31, 2022

always keeping my head on a swivel and being aware of my surroundings.

Steve R
Steve R

October 31, 2022

I definitely need one for my bug out bag

Bigr
Bigr

October 31, 2022

very interesting

Jay
Jay

October 31, 2022

Awesome!

Jerry C.
Jerry C.

October 31, 2022

Nice article. Thanks.

James
James

October 31, 2022

Fall can turn to winter in an instant !

He'll shredd
He'll shredd

October 31, 2022

I’ll be using some of the Halloween tips

Big Cat Daddy
Big Cat Daddy

October 31, 2022

Good idea to keep a blanket(s) in your vehicle for winter driving. If your vehicle breaks down, at least you have a way to keep semi warm until help arrives. Not everybody wants one, but I also have a cb radio in my primary vehicle.

Seth M.
Seth M.

October 31, 2022

Definitely need a more mobile medical kit for edc.

Mark E. Jordan
Mark E. Jordan

October 31, 2022

A well thought out article, Improving your prep is a continuing process.

Abraham Liandro
Abraham Liandro

October 31, 2022

EDC is always essential

Nicholas D
Nicholas D

October 31, 2022

Nice article. Important to stay safe out there.

Kelly Witham
Kelly Witham

October 31, 2022

Awesome.

Luis
Luis

October 31, 2022

EDC bag

George
George

October 31, 2022

We all need to be prepared for anything. You just never know.Thank goodness there are companies like this that Have excellent products like this.

Daniel
Daniel

October 31, 2022

I like having quality kit with me everywhere

K Weaver
K Weaver

October 31, 2022

Biggest thing in public is to be aware and not stuck in your phone. Also carry your tools and be proficient with them. I always have medical kits in my vehicle and /or backpack (somewhere in arms reach). This is a good article and I think just being prepared and aware are the two biggest things. Being prepared is also not just owning equipment, but being proficient with it and staying a student. Take actual training classes. Stay blessed everyone 🤙🏼

Teh_Alchemy
Teh_Alchemy

October 31, 2022

Always keep some extra hand warmer packets on you during the cold winter months.

Matthew
Matthew

October 31, 2022

I swap out my EDC, car kits, INCH bags, etc every season. It’s a great practice to get into, and allows you to re-evaluate products and necessities for each kit.

Jeremy O
Jeremy O

October 31, 2022

Stay dry and warm.

Paul Olson
Paul Olson

October 31, 2022

This would be a very convenient kit to win

Richard James
Richard James

October 31, 2022

I think the discreet concealment vest should be Level III+ or better there are a lot of crazies out there with rifles

Mike B
Mike B

October 31, 2022

All good reminders. It’s too easy to get distracted these days.

Austin
Austin

October 31, 2022

I always feel like somebody’s watching meeeeeeee

TB
TB

October 31, 2022

Great stuff!

johnny bgood
johnny bgood

October 31, 2022

regarding vehicle safety.
keep a backpack with spare socks, warm shirts/sweater, spare pants, gloves and a hat.
something i’d done for my cousin’s kids was to build them emergency bags for their cars. jumper cables, LED and reflector flares, multi-tool, space blankets, safety vest and a few other things. that was 4 years ago. those kids still carry those in their vehicles.

Benjamin O'Mary
Benjamin O'Mary

October 31, 2022

I always leave a car parked at my house when I’m out of town to give the appearance that someone is home.

Jeffrey  Legg
Jeffrey Legg

October 31, 2022

Great article! Don’t know why the statistic of car theft being 28% higher in Black Friday surprised me, it only makes sense.

Weldon
Weldon

October 31, 2022

Good article. Maybe include some good signaling for a car that runs off the road.

Cy Furst
Cy Furst

October 31, 2022

Good reminders and checklist. Also a reminder that it isn’t just people to watch out for, but the wildlife as well.

Bruce M
Bruce M

October 31, 2022

Good article! Also keep med equipment handy in your vehicle and make sure batteries in flashlights are fresh for winter.

Robbie R.
Robbie R.

October 31, 2022

I preach to my sons to stay aware at all times. Thanks for the write-up.

Fred O
Fred O

October 31, 2022

Always be aware of your surroundings and suspicious of anyone who approaches you expectedly or unexpectedly.

Alvin Walter
Alvin Walter

October 31, 2022

Like that you are helping teachers get body armor

Sean.C
Sean.C

October 31, 2022

EDC is an essential this day and age.

Joseph Sanders
Joseph Sanders

October 31, 2022

The best motto is from the Boy Scouts, Be Prepared! Thanks for all the usual information! Love the giveaways too!

Rich D in TN
Rich D in TN

October 31, 2022

Good reminders and great information to keep in mind!

Samuel Lembeck
Samuel Lembeck

October 31, 2022

Recently visited NYC, where I was born and raised. Thought I need a vest, but I fortunately did not, what I did need tho was a gas mask… Man I forgot how much the city stinks. LOl

JH008
JH008

October 31, 2022

Keep everything charged and stuff ready!

Jay
Jay

October 31, 2022

Awesome info ! Thanks ! There’s a few things I can change to improve!

Alan S. Gardner
Alan S. Gardner

October 31, 2022

It’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you!

Michael
Michael

October 31, 2022

Excellent article!

Phil Leiser
Phil Leiser

October 31, 2022

You have to your wits about you. You can be armored like a Knight, and none of that will matter if your head is up your…phone. ;) I use mine as well…a phone, and I guess to enter contests. LOL…Happy Halloween everyone! Stay safe and good luck!

Mike Warren
Mike Warren

October 31, 2022

My thing is to be aware of your surrounding area at ALL times

Ryan Ealy
Ryan Ealy

October 31, 2022

I’m really surprised that property crime goes UP in the winter months. I would have assumed it was the other way around. Good to know! 🤜🤛

Susan Marina Brown Lane
Susan Marina Brown Lane

October 31, 2022

If you will be away for awhile, go online and sign up for the free mail hold service. They will stop delivering your mail until the date you ask for them to resume. It’s a free service.

GloGio
GloGio

October 31, 2022

Looking at the surrounding, whos seated at gas stations could they take your car if so would you be at the pump near a camera or public eye.

Will
Will

October 31, 2022

I transition from waist to shoulder rigs in the colder weather.

jeff
jeff

October 31, 2022

Never obscure your vision or hinder your hearing .. (in case of emergency vehicles) wear reflective items at night

Larry barn
Larry barn

October 31, 2022

Always prepare for the worst.

Bill
Bill

October 31, 2022

More details on EDC light options and medical would be good.

Matthew Dionne
Matthew Dionne

October 31, 2022

Interesting article

Matthew Dionne
Matthew Dionne

October 31, 2022

Interesting article

Jeff s Peak
Jeff s Peak

October 31, 2022

great

Douglas
Douglas

October 31, 2022

Always avoid “The Left” when possible.

 Brian
Brian

October 31, 2022

Having the neighbors or friends gather your packages also deters the porch pirates.

Jesse
Jesse

October 31, 2022

Stay aware of your surroundings. Take note of exits and entrances.

Ian S
Ian S

October 31, 2022

Staring at your cell phone in a parking lot is often an invitation for criminals.

Philip Stryjewski
Philip Stryjewski

October 31, 2022

Knowledge is the key

db
db

October 31, 2022

quality intel

Steven Harrison
Steven Harrison

October 31, 2022

Be great to win this.

clinton isbell
clinton isbell

October 31, 2022

useful

Andrea
Andrea

October 31, 2022

So cool

Aaron Willard
Aaron Willard

October 31, 2022

Good info!

Laurie Emerson
Laurie Emerson

October 31, 2022

We developed a kind of neighborhood buddy system. When it comes to package delivery and we know that the person might not be home one of us goes over and picks up the package to keep for them.

charles isbell
charles isbell

October 31, 2022

good stuff

Matb
Matb

October 31, 2022

Staying cool and not overheating is a priority for me

Robert L Smith
Robert L Smith

October 31, 2022

Do every thing to stay safe.

Scott Jones
Scott Jones

October 31, 2022

Good all around reminders and checklist

Roger Boughner
Roger Boughner

October 31, 2022

Keep several cans of Sterno in the car. They make excellent emergency heat. Have something to sit them on because the cans do get hot. The car jack will do.

Scott Bender
Scott Bender

October 31, 2022

Great tips. Thanks.

stolenheron
stolenheron

October 31, 2022

make sure windows and doors are locked on your home. so simple yet many people slack on this.

James
James

October 31, 2022

Thanks for the good info

Davis M.
Davis M.

October 31, 2022

Good stuff

John c
John c

October 31, 2022

I Have a flashlight in my bag, but I added a small pocket light to my EDC. Gotta be careful with the darkness

John c
John c

October 31, 2022

This is great advice. Thanks!

AMY OBERLIES
AMY OBERLIES

October 31, 2022

Lock your doors

Solly
Solly

October 31, 2022

Great information guys.

Julie Feldermann
Julie Feldermann

October 31, 2022

Always be aware of where you are, and keep your eyes up and not on the cell phone.

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