In Nigeria lately, Kidnapping has become the order of the day as it has been revealed from the case of Evans and other abduction cases. Here are 11 ways you can avoid being kidnapped so as not to fall victim of these abductors.
- Maintain a moderate lifestyle
To avoid being kidnapped, you should check your lifestyle; if you have been living loud, try to do in moderation now by wearing not too expensive wears that announce you. Looking expensive all the time can make you a target of kidnappers.
- Don’t discuss money in public
To avoid being a victim of kidnappers, another area you must check is receiving phone calls that involve discussing money especially huge sums. When you discuss such amounts of money in public, you send signals to kidnappers that you are rich and can be their victim.
- Stop routine movement
Going through the same route always makes it easy for suspecting abductors to gather information about you and can make it easy for them to track you down when they are ready to strike.
- Don’t discuss your family outside the house
Whatever issues that have to do with your family must not be discussed outside your house. This is to maintain safety as it has been reported previously that kidnappers also gather information from those in one’s neighborhood.
- Do proper checks before employing workers
Before you employ your new house keeper, driver or any other employee; Do a proper background check about that person. Know the family members and let the person give the name of a guarantor that can stand in for him or her.
This should be done because some people who are kidnappers may pretend to be seeking employment with you.
- Know your neighbors
To avoid living close to a potential kidnapper, get to know that person living close to you well. Find out if the person is living alone or not and the kind of job that person does for a living.
- Don’t get too close to a stranger
People that you don’t know, try not to share valuable information with them. That stranger may be a kidnapper in disguise so avoid strictly any stranger that tries to move close to you unnecessarily.
- Keep emergency numbers
It is important to keep emergency numbers like numbers of the Police that you can quickly call whenever you sense you are being monitored by kidnappers or you notice anything strange in your environment.
- Be vigilant
One of the major ways to avoid kidnapping is to be thoroughly vigilant which means you live in your house like an investigator; which entails being aware of every happening around you and your family every time. Vigilance keeps you alert when others are not.
- Always keep your phone with you
Keeping your phone with you at all times is very important as it can be a source of help when there is a threat of kidnap. Don’t just keep your phone with you but make sure you have airtime on it no matter how little so that it can be useful in times of danger.
- When you notice a threat, attract the attention of people
Whenever you notice any threat of kidnap around you, attract the attention of people around to yourself by screaming or shouting. Keep doing this until you notice that people have gathered around you and can come to your rescue.