How to Stay Safe This Fall

October 25, 2022

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

J PATRICK KENNEDY
J PATRICK KENNEDY

October 31, 2022

Always be in a group of two or more…better situational awareness and ability to respond…

kathy m
kathy m

October 31, 2022

Keep a small under the seat safe in your vehicle secured to the under seat frame and put small valuables in it when you travel. You can keep guns, meds and jewelry out of sight and at least make it very hard for someone to steal.

queta isbell
queta isbell

October 31, 2022

knowledge

andy isbell
andy isbell

October 31, 2022

good stuff

Billy w.
Billy w.

October 31, 2022

Great info!

JOHN  KENNEDY
JOHN KENNEDY

October 31, 2022

situational awareness, tiring but necessary….always be looking around and listening, think about if and what you would do in every external environment…stay safe…

lawrence
lawrence

October 31, 2022

nice

Tim Marnell
Tim Marnell

October 31, 2022

Excellent ideas.

Amy Beam
Amy Beam

October 31, 2022

Good Article

John Beam
John Beam

October 31, 2022

You covered it well.

Devin
Devin

October 31, 2022

Pack at least 3 MRE’s in your vehicle so if you become stranded you can survive for a while

Matt H
Matt H

October 31, 2022

There’s some good ideas to consider in the always evolving edc.

Mr Sean
Mr Sean

October 31, 2022

Great article! I think you guys covered most of my major safety concerns that I have.

Ej bognear
Ej bognear

October 31, 2022

Stay aware, stay safe and pray

Joe Groff
Joe Groff

October 31, 2022

great refresher tips, some may times you get complacent and think i am good and that is when you end up wishing you prepared

Henry D
Henry D

October 31, 2022

In my opinion, situational awareness is the biggest deterrent to violent crime. Criminals look for easy quick targets. Always give criminals looking for opportunity to victimize the impression that you are not going to be an easy mark. Observe be ready and prepared.

Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson

October 31, 2022

Thank you for the information

Stephen Lloyd
Stephen Lloyd

October 31, 2022

Very informative, I liked the bit about how to stay safe when shopping

Paul  S
Paul S

October 31, 2022

Excellent safety tips in this writeup.

Roger Y
Roger Y

October 31, 2022

Great contest

Chef Duck
Chef Duck

October 31, 2022

These are some great ideas, don’t forget a small shovel and some calories (candy bars, also work as moral boosts), and a candle. A single candle in a car provides enough heat to keep you alive.

Richard
Richard

October 31, 2022

As someone guilty of this, now is the time to buy that snow shovel you’ve been putting off or getting that bag of rock salt. Don’t be so homed in on avoiding the bad guys that you get taken out by an ice patch in the driveway. It has the added benefit of giving the appearance that someone is home; a home with a lot of snow built up will look like a vacant home and therefore a burglar’s prime target.

Tracy D
Tracy D

October 31, 2022

Awesome tips. Very good advice.

Geoffrey King
Geoffrey King

October 31, 2022

Unfortunately this information is now very, very necessary in our country. I will never forgive our politicians for letting this happen.

Erik
Erik

October 31, 2022

All good tips. Just stay out of condition white and keep your gear in good shape and you’ll avoid almost all issues. :)

Waymon Henry
Waymon Henry

October 31, 2022

All were great information for all. 💯

Michael Sojka
Michael Sojka

October 31, 2022

Great list. Thank you

Leon Grimes
Leon Grimes

October 31, 2022

Good to know!

kevin elder
kevin elder

October 31, 2022

awesome information

dale isbell
dale isbell

October 28, 2022

some need to knows

Sixtos
Sixtos

October 28, 2022

I had a suggestion for women’s purse plate inserts or a smaller insert like 4-6″ × 8″ maybe.

Bill Webb
Bill Webb

October 28, 2022

These are thing’s mom and dad taught us kid’s, but it’s important to always remember them, keep sharp. One thing I would add is, when you put a blanket in your car for emergence’s, make it a bright color. That way if you need to get out to get help and your walking on the road, you want to make sure other car’s/people see you and not hit you.. Trust me, in a snow/rain storm, day or night your harder to see…

timothy j mcphillips
timothy j mcphillips

October 28, 2022

another thing about fall is the leaves falling these can obstruct your vision and if wet ruin your traction. please drive safely.

Aidan G
Aidan G

October 28, 2022

quality items

Dana Matthews
Dana Matthews

October 28, 2022

Great post and great information. Common sense and staying on top of things is what it takes these days!

Troy B
Troy B

October 28, 2022

Great List!

Frank Mallory
Frank Mallory

October 28, 2022

Good Stuff!

Randall Curran
Randall Curran

October 28, 2022

I like all the items shown here.

Carla Lobosco
Carla Lobosco

October 28, 2022

Most informative info.

Mark K
Mark K

October 28, 2022

Practice with your equipment you carry

Papa Chief
Papa Chief

October 28, 2022

Good stuff. I wonder if your bags could be used to protect my backpacking food from a bear.
David Sherman
David Sherman

October 28, 2022

Good information. Thanks

Thomas
Thomas

October 28, 2022

Be vigilant always!

Sean
Sean

October 28, 2022

Good info!

LINDA BASS
LINDA BASS

October 28, 2022

I HATE HALLOWEE AND NICE TIPS

Jason Arnett
Jason Arnett

October 28, 2022

Good stuff. Can’t stress enough the importance of good lighting. If you can’t control the lighting in the area, then carry the sun in your pocket.

Richard G
Richard G

October 28, 2022

If more people wee aware of these, guidelines/issues and products – I believe more lives could be saved

Antonio G
Antonio G

October 28, 2022

Awesome advice

James Martin
James Martin

October 28, 2022

Great advice, everyone needs to stay sharp in these times

Julia W
Julia W

October 28, 2022

Great summary! Always good to review the basics. Will pass this on to my family as well.

Ken M
Ken M

October 28, 2022

Good info

MikeJ.
MikeJ.

October 28, 2022

I always carry a breathable rain suit with me. Staying dry can safe your life.

Robert Messmer
Robert Messmer

October 28, 2022

Reminders are always needed to overcome normalcy bias.

Rodney Flowers
Rodney Flowers

October 28, 2022

Great info

John Fry
John Fry

October 28, 2022

Do a little stretching. It helps.

Jeffrey Gannon
Jeffrey Gannon

October 28, 2022

HELPFUL

RON S
RON S

October 28, 2022

Cool! Great info!

bj
bj

October 28, 2022

Nice products.

EM ZACK
EM ZACK

October 28, 2022

Great advise in here everyone should read this

T mac
T mac

October 28, 2022

Good practical advice to help keep you and loved ones safe during fall and winter months

Alex Xander
Alex Xander

October 28, 2022

Huh, I’ve never thought about things like this.

David Chappelle
David Chappelle

October 28, 2022

Great information

Clint Miller
Clint Miller

October 28, 2022

Watch Kentucky Ballistics video on the Premier Body Armor. WOW!

Michael Alban
Michael Alban

October 28, 2022

Great list of safety tips. I learned a few things to add to my own list.

Nathan Shepherd
Nathan Shepherd

October 28, 2022

Great tips!

HS
HS

October 28, 2022

Very well written and sage advise. Stay safe all

Enrique
Enrique

October 28, 2022

Good read! I shared it with my wife and she also found it informative.

Ed Eldridge
Ed Eldridge

October 28, 2022

This is some great advice.

Chris Rodgers
Chris Rodgers

October 28, 2022

Always carry a TQ!!

Jason Neucere
Jason Neucere

October 28, 2022

Good info.

Paul
Paul

October 28, 2022

Good stuff!

Jason A Jones
Jason A Jones

October 28, 2022

Very good insight. Great tips.

Nick
Nick

October 28, 2022

I think situational awareness is the most important to staying safe. Know your surroundings and never let your guard down

Todd
Todd

October 28, 2022

Awesome products

JW
JW

October 28, 2022

Some great ideas that I knew, some that I didn’t, some that I’d forgotten and some that expanded on what I already knew.

Charles Turner
Charles Turner

October 28, 2022

Wow I didn’t realize there’s a 28 percent rise in vehicle theft on Black Friday!

Stephen
Stephen

October 28, 2022

Good info. thanks. i would also recommend getting to know your neighbors for making your home more secure.

Ray B
Ray B

October 28, 2022

Lot’s of good suggestions.

Nancy
Nancy

October 27, 2022

This is a great list of guidelines to stay safe. I learned a few things. One thing that has always helped me was to walk with purpose and with full attention on my surroundings and making it obvious that I was aware and alert. Thanks for the resource!

Frances
Frances

October 27, 2022

Practical and important advice.

Curt Arndt
Curt Arndt

October 27, 2022

While I’ve heard much of this, there were a few good tips in here that were new to me. Thanks for sharing the info.

Timothy O'Linn
Timothy O'Linn

October 27, 2022

Great advice. Good luck to all those participating, and be safe.

Dorothy Deakyne
Dorothy Deakyne

October 27, 2022

great info

Terry Simpson
Terry Simpson

October 27, 2022

Thank you for the guidance.

Travis
Travis

October 27, 2022

Good stuff

B Knapp
B Knapp

October 27, 2022

I agree that situational awareness/opsec goes a long way. training with your kit (especially medical supplies) is a good thing to have too.

Jimmie Kiser
Jimmie Kiser

October 27, 2022

Great article on what can help with this change of weather we’re about to face.

Stacie
Stacie

October 27, 2022

Thank you. I try to utilize situational awareness wherever I go.

Rob Schorzman
Rob Schorzman

October 27, 2022

Basic tools and my headlamp in each car is a must.

Louis
Louis

October 27, 2022

This are very good tips, thanks!

Bryan Reed
Bryan Reed

October 27, 2022

Good info. I do most of these things in regards to parking lot safety and keeping my head on a swivel, especially at night. Always assess your surroundings so you have options besides using the last resort first.

Anthony Phillips
Anthony Phillips

October 27, 2022

Very good read!

Parker
Parker

October 27, 2022

I really like that you guys are doing this. I think there should be as much information available when it comes to ‘tips’ like these.

Also big fan of the Bleed Control emergency kit.

Chrizniz Oh
Chrizniz Oh

October 27, 2022

All good tips!

douglas pavlick
douglas pavlick

October 27, 2022

think situational awareness

Bravo Tango Whiskey
Bravo Tango Whiskey

October 27, 2022

I always include a flashlight in my EDC, and it’s especially helpful in the fall/winter when the sun goes down earlier and comes up later. It’s probably my most used piece of EDC equipment.

MESAHACKA
MESAHACKA

October 27, 2022

A lot of good reminders, thanks!

Steven Fairley
Steven Fairley

October 27, 2022

My Drill Sergeant always said: Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.

Lesley Salmonson
Lesley Salmonson

October 27, 2022

Love this, thank you for all the great info!

Jonathan Fletcher
Jonathan Fletcher

October 27, 2022

Great tips!

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