Originally Posted by Uncle Bob
In my area I usually do not leave home alone. It is not uncommon for Horace Smith and Dan Wesson to Accompany me. If they are busy then maybe John Browning or Sam Colt will travel with me. I have many other friends that sometimes go with me on a as needed basis.
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I always make a habit of observing my surroundings. Especially when I'm out using my metal detector. Here I am, with a piece of expensive electronics in my hand, who knows what kind of goodies in my pouch, and I'm wearing big clunky earphones that partially mask out the surrounding noises. If I'm in a questionable area, I've been known to uncover one ear to listen to the surrounding noises.
I keep my vehicle locked. Just on the out chance that someone's picked the lock and is waiting inside, I like to look in the back seat before I get in.
If, for any reason, you have trouble inserting your door key into the door to unlock it, immediately look around to see if someone is sneaking up on you. A toothpick, jammed into the lock and snapped off, makes a wonderful distraction.