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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

 


81 Responses

Clark O Wilder
Clark O Wilder

October 27, 2022

Good i formation

Betsy M.
Betsy M.

October 27, 2022

All great tips .. and reminders for this season!

Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes

October 27, 2022

Although it is far reaching with many focuses – situational awareness and pre-planning for the day is the key

FP
FP

October 26, 2022

TSA approved, thankfully

Justin Z
Justin Z

October 26, 2022

When you were talking about situational awareness about halfway threw the article. I would of went more in depth, obviously stay off the tiktok and facebook. But also look behind you often and make eye contact with people when walking by. Walk with some confidence, head held high. Ive been taught that people mess with people less that will make eye contact amd dont look like a victim!

Chad Boyd
Chad Boyd

October 26, 2022

Some very helpful information here. I would also add to make sure you rotate your supplies, so as not to have expired or degraded products when you need them most!

Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson

October 26, 2022

Very good advice.

Jean R.
Jean R.

October 26, 2022

Great article.

eRic
eRic

October 26, 2022

I recently put a battery jump starter in both cars and so glad I did. With all of the electronics, I’m concerned about frying the dash jumping car to car.

Thomas Gibson
Thomas Gibson

October 26, 2022

Excellent safety tips for the upcoming season. Good luck to everyone!

Rebecca Caudle
Rebecca Caudle

October 26, 2022

Wish all were this excellent!

Todd Burleigh
Todd Burleigh

October 26, 2022

I research where I’m going and stay aware of my surroundings

Lindsey Gramling
Lindsey Gramling

October 26, 2022

Great tips. Thanks.

TLB
TLB

October 26, 2022

Please stay alert of people walking along the roadside with the time change.

Michael A Sabrowski
Michael A Sabrowski

October 26, 2022

great content.i’ve learned you never stop thinking and learning.you should always be aware of keeping you and your family safe.i’m constanly thinking of ways to improve our safety and i talk to my grown children about it so they can protect their family.

Dale Schrieber
Dale Schrieber

October 26, 2022

You always have to watch your six

Scott H
Scott H

October 26, 2022

A lot of great advice. Stay vigilant.

Gevork
Gevork

October 26, 2022

Great advice

Thom
Thom

October 26, 2022

Good tips on vehicle safety. I carry a battery booster and portable tire inflator so I’m not reliant on another vehicle.

Joseph Lapointe Jr
Joseph Lapointe Jr

October 26, 2022

It never hurt to have a refresher, and accasional pick up some new tips

Bri
Bri

October 26, 2022

I appreciate these reminders.

sean c
sean c

October 26, 2022

stay alert stay alive

Matt L
Matt L

October 26, 2022

I got family in Chicago I wish they would pay attention to stuff like this more

AJT
AJT

October 26, 2022

Great advice. Stop posting on social media about when people should plan to rob your house, I mean about your upcoming vacation or how you’re currently on vacation.

mark
mark

October 26, 2022

stay alert.

Jim C
Jim C

October 26, 2022

Great Tips!

Ernie
Ernie

October 26, 2022

All sound stuff to stay safe, even old things that we forget or take for granted.

D P
D P

October 26, 2022

I was an LEO but since retired, my advice is take all this to heart. Even small towns are getting crazy and you have to protect yourself and be careful.

Karen Webster Hunt
Karen Webster Hunt

October 26, 2022

Great info. Always be prepared.

Pete Ferenc
Pete Ferenc

October 26, 2022

I like the safety tips

Jason Casey
Jason Casey

October 26, 2022

Great refresher

Amy Silvey
Amy Silvey

October 26, 2022

Thank you for sharing this information.

VCW
VCW

October 26, 2022

A lot of common sense tips, but common sense is not that common anymore

George LaVogue
George LaVogue

October 26, 2022

i like the bleed kit, i do not have one but believe has many uses.

Kevin Schultz
Kevin Schultz

October 26, 2022

Great information. Head on a swivel folks. Watch out for others as well. Let’s try to keep each other safe.

James Ward
James Ward

October 26, 2022

Great article!

Dennis Schroeder
Dennis Schroeder

October 26, 2022

I know one person who was robbed. He was followed and he pulled over because he though it was the police. These tips should be followed.

patrick mahan
patrick mahan

October 26, 2022

always good advice not just fall

Andy
Andy

October 26, 2022

Knowing is half the battle

Dina
Dina

October 26, 2022

These are good advice

Brian Harris
Brian Harris

October 26, 2022

God Bless you 🙏

Austin
Austin

October 26, 2022

Moral of the story: situational awareness and appropriate preparation.

Gene
Gene

October 26, 2022

I carry everywhere I go and have a weapon in every room of the house.

AlexC
AlexC

October 26, 2022

I gotta get me one of those executive vests! Come winter, I’ll be using my P01 I just bought a couple months ago for my edc

Swede Douglas
Swede Douglas

October 26, 2022

I found if I think as a criminal. Now how do I change my behavior going on by myself. Just being a little more prepared. Your winter preparation, a candle or two, thermos with water so as not to freeze.

Chris king
Chris king

October 26, 2022

GReat info keep the articles coming

Ben Spears
Ben Spears

October 26, 2022

Really Insightful, thank you for putting this together!

Eric F
Eric F

October 26, 2022

Knowledge is power

Michael
Michael

October 26, 2022

Snakes really do look like leaves too.

T. Stone
T. Stone

October 26, 2022

Always good to get the perspective of others. Good tips.

RJ
RJ

October 26, 2022

Given the wife’s favorite past times is shopping, “HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN SHOPPING” is a timely reminder.

Don
Don

October 26, 2022

Good advice

PistolGrip44
PistolGrip44

October 26, 2022

Nice to know.

Matthew Lauer
Matthew Lauer

October 26, 2022

Great info!

Bfost84
Bfost84

October 26, 2022

Right on

Jeffery R.
Jeffery R.

October 26, 2022

Parking in well lit areas and avoiding parking garages when possible are great tips.

Tony
Tony

October 26, 2022

Great advice

fred
fred

October 26, 2022

be ready at all times

Gerald S
Gerald S

October 26, 2022

Great article! We all need to be vigilant these days!!

Sam
Sam

October 26, 2022

Great tips. One that I would add, that is common, but a lot of times forgotten, be aware of your surroundings at all times – know exits/travel paths and where things are, but also be aware of the people too – if something feels off follow that instinct.

Peter M.
Peter M.

October 26, 2022

Lots of Great Safety Reminders !!!

MATT W.
MATT W.

October 26, 2022

Don’t trust the “gun free” signs. Only law abiding people listen to those.

Jim Wood
Jim Wood

October 26, 2022

You can’t be 100% prepared, just due your best to be.

Tony Yates
Tony Yates

October 26, 2022

I found the suggestions very informative.

Christian C
Christian C

October 26, 2022

Another tip for safeguarding your home when you’re away is to get a smart bulb around the house and set random times for it to switch on for a few minutes and turn back off. It will look like someone is home and may deter burglars if they see that there is activity inside the house.

Alex p
Alex p

October 26, 2022

Taking a time each year to evaluate what you do and how is always smart

Ed Keck
Ed Keck

October 26, 2022

Be prepared and be safe!
ASojourner
ASojourner

October 26, 2022

Great work on this article. One of the biggest dangers I see is people with their face buried in their phones and sitting in their vehicles scrolling on them. Awareness while in transitional spaces is particularly important; and as you say here- all the more so during Christmas shopping season.

Donna Evans
Donna Evans

October 26, 2022

What get tips on how to stay safe. I didn’t know that thefts were up on Black Friday, I will be for vigilant.

bgsantos
bgsantos

October 26, 2022

Great Tip

Tom
Tom

October 26, 2022

Be extra vigilant about your vehicle, if something is in the door latch, under the windshield wipers, or tied to your car as a marker, it may be best to walk away quickly and come back with others or call the authorities. Also, inspect your vehicle for anything you didn’t put on it (even under it).

Allan Nahar
Allan Nahar

October 26, 2022

I think the biggest thing lacking these days is situational awareness.

Lou A.
Lou A.

October 26, 2022

Thank you for this. Everyone should have this info!

Christopher
Christopher

October 26, 2022

Light is the most easily accessible source of safety and everyone should always have one within reach.

Mac Hussey
Mac Hussey

October 26, 2022

Always having a preparedness plan is good. This article really helped

Jackson V.
Jackson V.

October 26, 2022

I travel a lot for work and aways bring my EDC but I never had a way to bring armor along too. Your backpack armor looks like the perfect fix for that problem!

Tejay Morrell
Tejay Morrell

October 26, 2022

It’s awesome you guys put this info out there for everyone. I’am a veteran so these tips and safety precautions are part of my life and now my wife’s/family life too. It’s crazy how many people aren’t education on these topics and are very vulnerable at all times. Keep up the good work and info.

Patty Farnsley
Patty Farnsley

October 26, 2022

Great tips! Thank you.

Cory Best
Cory Best

October 26, 2022

Great tips

Steve Underwood
Steve Underwood

October 26, 2022

Couple of things you might consider wrt to cars – having water in case you get stuck a copke of hours an lights and reflective tape in your emergency bag. Back up xell phone batteries also.

Rob
Rob

October 26, 2022

Always stay vigilant!

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