General personal safety advice does not always apply optimally in every situation. This article will discuss why we need to selectively choose which advice to heed. For example, deadbolt locks are recommended over spring bolt locks. This is because deadbolt locks are more secure and are harder to pick. A spring bolt lock, however, can quickly lock a door automatically when the door is slammed shut. Then, if there also is a deadbolt lock on the door, there is more time to lock it manually, even if a criminal is in pursuit. Thus, when speed is essential, a spring bolt lock can be a lifesaver.
When driving through dangerous neighborhoods, the standard advice is to lock car doors and to roll up car windows. Neighborhoods driven through, however, can change quickly, and even good neighborhoods can occasionally be dangerous. Motorists should always keep car their doors locked and their windows rolled up. Such a habit will be useless 999 times out of a thousand. For that one time in a thousand, however, locked doors and rolled up windows can be lifesavers, especially if their cars stall, and their electrically operated windows cannot be rolled up. Also, quickly locking car doors and rolling up windows can provoke neighborhood residents, who may or may not be criminals.
Another example of safety advice is to yell when threatened or attacked. Many people, however, will be too traumatized to yell, and, even if they yell, a criminal can quickly silence them. A personal safety device, however, requires only a press of a button, and it cannot be as easily silenced. It also is easier to hear over longer distances than are many human voices, especially those of children and the elderly.
What types of personal safety advice have you doubted in the past? What made you doubt that advice? Please comment below.