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Personal Safety is a Business Imperative

Because most of us ARE our businesses, our personal safety is paramount to our businesses’ continuity.  At this month’s meeting, NAWBO member Emily Rogers of First Source Consulting introduced us to her newest initiative, Damsel in Defense.  Assisting her was firearms instructor Stephen Price.  Here are some of the highlights.

Police, fire, and paramedics are not first responders; they are emergency responders; YOU as the first on the scene are the first responder, making decisions that will set a chain of events in motion.  The best way to prepare to make those decisions is to have thought out various scenarios ahead of time and created a plan. You should run simulations in your mind, asking yourself, “If I were a criminal, how would I steal from my business, how would I hurt an employee, a customer, etc.”  Business owners should also prepare for non-violent possibilities such as medical emergencies that could occur to employees or customers. Being prepared is the key.  Do not rely solely on a security officer because they have no legal obligation to put themselves at risk; their duty rather is to pursue information. 

Criminals like victims to be unprepared, non-alert, and predicable.  Therefore, vary the times you conduct routines including making cash drops.  Avoid carrying large amounts of cash across a parking lot; rather drive your car up to your store window or door and have someone hand you the money from there.  Walk in the middle of the sidewalk or near the road as opposed to near building fronts, particularly at night.  Stand up and look up – criminals do not like for you to have noticed them before the crime.  Have the key to your car or office ready BEFORE you leave to go.  Look into buildings as you approach them; you do not want to walk into a situation.  Be aware of your surroundings, including what is going on behind you.  Remember, anytime someone opens a glass door ahead of you, you have been given a mirror so you can check what is behind you without having to turn around.  Rather than stop to help someone on the side of the road with a breakdown, call 911 for them.  If you are on the side of the road, do not accept help from strangers but rather ask them to call 911 for you while you remain locked in your car.  Ask a security guard or friend to escort you to your car if there is any doubt about safety.  Realtors, do not meet a stranger at a house but require them to meet you first at your office.

Carrying a firearm, if you are educated in firearm safety and usage, can be very helpful, but you must become fully educated so you feel comfortable.

For further information, to purchase personal safety equipment or to schedule classes in firearms safety and usage, call Emily at 813-997-0357 or visit http://mydamselpro.net/paragon.

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