Be friendly with neighbours: Maintaining a positive relationship with your neighbours goes a long way in ensuring a safe neighbourhood. This breeds a lookout situation for every suburb and thus guarantees a watchful and vigilant neighbourhood
Simple lifestyle: Living a simple and responsible lifestyle thoroughly drives off attention from criminals and hoodlums. Conducting activities moderately and avoiding glitz and glamour help to make one less of a censurable and threat personality.
Be vigilant: Being alert and watchful is a wisdom element. Every individual has to be aware, observant, perceptive and report any unwholesome/unusual behaviour immediately to the appropriate authorities.
Keep gadgets close at night: Over the years, it has become common knowledge that having gadgets like radios, phones (loaded with airtime) and even the torchlight close to our easy reach permanently helps us during danger times. SOS phone calls help to save lives as well as other home appliances.
Ensure availability of home security equipment: For the home, security has never been a more talked about situation than now. Basic security appliances like lights, windows, doors and gates should be available and secured at night time. Doors should be locked, curtains drawn and gates closed.
Avoid late night outings: Taking the security situation of the country into consideration, it is wise for individuals to keep off late night activities as much as possible.
Maintain a conscious mind: Nowadays in Nigeria, every home is a potential target but the more we maintain a sense of conscious, neighbour- less and community togetherness, security and defence would sooner than later become a problem of the past.
Be observant especially when you have visitors: Ensure to always be mindful of external parties that visit your homes. Some are hoodlums who are disguised as NPF or PHCN Staff. Always scrutinize such individuals and visitors and keep them outside your premises
Be cautious with dangerous objects in your home. We should all be careful and responsible when it comes to our living environment. Keeping dangerous objects safely locked away especially when you have children around
Don’t be careless with valuables. Keep valuables like expensive jewellery under lock and key when not in use.
Be skeptical of your home-assistants. Try to use a reputable agency to recruit home helps, check their credentials and references carefuly and conduct a thorough due dilligence. Many thefts and armed robberies, once investigated, point straight to the home-assistant
Take advantage of neighbourhood watch. Some areas have neighbourhood watches to protect their communities by fencing off certain residential streets and appointing a guard to man a gate entrance point for these areas. All these things are not fool-proof, but serve as deterrents. Thieves will often rather bother the suburb next door that doesn’t have these little inconveniences.
Avoid walking alone at night or in potentially unsafe areas. In most areas within Lagos it is viewed as a high risk ato walk alone at night and due precaution should be exercised. There is an element of safety in numbers.