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How to be security conscious in Nigeria

by Emmanuel Ozoamalu
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Being security conscious in Nigeria today should become second nature for you. We live in a very dangerous world with the threat of terrorism, crime and violence. However, there are measures you can take to ensure your personal security.

Understand that every single day is a security challenge.

Every day is a security challenge. Every single day we are at risk of being victims of crime. It might be an attack on our property, a person, or attempted theft. In order to be security conscious, we must be aware of our surroundings. Especially at night when the streets are dark and the people around us look like strangers in our environment.

As you go about your daily activities, remember that there are things you can do in case something goes wrong;

  • know how to defend yourself against an attacker by using force only if necessary.
  • Make sure that someone knows where you will be so they can notify authorities if anything out of the ordinary happens.
  • Always carry both pepper spray as well as a mace-type weapon such as pepper ball pens (also called “pepper bullets”). They contain capsaicin-based oils that cause severe irritation upon contact with skin but won’t burn through clothing as regular pepper spray does.
  • Keep these items close at hand so they’re easily accessible when needed!

Increase your security information 

It is important to know everything around you and even beyond. Know your neighbours and their neighbours, talk to them, and find out what to be security conscious of. Always be in the know.

As an individual, it is important that you increase your intelligence and information-gathering skills so you can be fully aware of your surroundings at all times. This includes the people around you, their behaviour and any unusual events that may occur.

The first step towards developing this ability is being constantly observant of your surroundings. It does not matter if something seems out of place or suspicious. It is important for us to take notice when something does not seem right. You should always be alert for anything which could indicate danger or harm coming towards yourself or others around you because this will help prevent loss of life and property damage from occurring due to an act being committed by another individual whom we may have mistaken as “innocent” when really they are not!

Asking questions and asking for help are two other ways in which individuals can become more aware of their surroundings while also learning how they can better protect themselves through sharing knowledge with one another so that together we can all make sure none ever falls victim again. When you see something out of place, or someone acting strangely, don’t ignore them. Take note and report it to the authorities as soon as possible. Keep your head up and eyes open at all times when walking through public spaces like airports, gas stations or department stores. If a suspicious person approaches you on foot (or in any vehicle), yell out loudly so that others can hear what’s going on and come help fend off any attackers until police arrive at the scene

Have emergency contacts.

Have emergency contacts. One of the most important things you can do to stay safe is to have a list of people who you can call in case of an emergency. It’s important that they know where you are and how to get in touch with your location if needed, so make sure that they are reliable and trustworthy. You also don’t want them waiting around for hours or days on end wondering whether or not it would be worth their time while trying to reach out to you again.

Keep them informed about your whereabouts at all times – even when travelling alone! This will help keep them from worrying too much if they haven’t heard from you or their loved ones recently. It will help you stay more security conscious as they are sure to always remind you of it.

Learn how to defend yourself.

You can also learn how to defend yourself. Self-defence moves are very important in a world where crime is so high and people are so vulnerable. It’s not just about being able to take on one person, but knowing how to take down multiple attackers at once as well as surviving an attack long enough for help or police to arrive.

You might need this skill someday!

Be prepared

Be prepared – keep emergency items in your vehicle, at home and at work. Things like torchlight, extra key, first aid kit etc

Be calm and decisive – don’t panic or freeze!

Being calm is important in making good decisions. Don’t panic or freeze, and keep thinking clearly with a rational mind till the end of each situation, even if it threatens your life.

The situation may be a challenge but you can overcome it by staying calm and rational. You have to think clearly about what to do next because there are lots of factors involved in any given situation.

  • Know who your friends are and why they’re with you. Also, beware of those who may not be as good-hearted as they seem.
  • Remember that this is a dangerous world, so take measures to protect yourself from harm if necessary. If someone tries to harm you, run away! If someone tries to hit or kill you, fight back! Don’t let them get away with it. Call the police immediately if necessary (and don’t forget about self-defence classes).

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article. Remember, it’s not always easy to keep yourself safe, but you can do it by staying alert and being prepared for any situation. We know how hard it can be when we are feeling vulnerable, but remember that the best way to get through this is by staying strong!

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