How to stay secured

By: Bode Olaifa

Security is the condition of being protected from likely cause of danger, harm, risk or injury.

Security awareness is something that should be of high priority for everybody in this trying era in our country when crimes and insecurity has crept into all areas and there seems to be no place or person that is safe now. There are different areas of security or safety. They are:

- Personal Safety
- Food Safety
- Health Safety
- Industrial Safety etc.


This is a general recognition and avoidance of possible harmful situations for you or persons in your surroundings. Safety awareness is the best form of defense. The followings are to be observed to avoid potential harmful situations and insecurity:

  • When you go out, leave venues with friends whenever and wherever
  • Try to look confident under attack even when you don't feel it.

Try to look confident under attack

  • Try to stay in well-lit areas, especially, in the night. If you use a torch in the night to see, take the torch a meter away from your body so that in the event of target, or if you are shot, the torch will be the target and if it is away from your body, your body will escape the first shot or shots.
  • Always keep calling credit on your phone at all times.
  • Take the most direct route and try to stay within areas where other people are around
  • Trust your instincts – if you think something is wrong, then act on it.
  • Have your key already in your hands when you reach your car or house
  • If you lose your keys, have them changed immediately.
  • Don’t drink when you drive and don’t drive when you drink
  • Don’t get drunk in an unknown terrain
  • Always keep money for your transport safe somewhere away from other money in case of any eventuality.
  • Do not discuss business or finance issues in the public place or inside public transport
  • Always let your people know your movement and let the people you visit or go out with know that your people know your movement and whereabouts.


  • Get help immediately
  • In an emergency dial 112 or 999
  • Make as much noise as possible to alert people
  • If you are under attack, be confident even if you don’t feel it
  • Try as much as possible not to tamper with evidences

(In the next series we will look at safety tips at ATM and at social functions)