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We all have to give more attention to the our surroundings no matter where we are. Sometimes we get into a routine and let our guard down because we are so familiar with our surroundings. Here are some tips of the different places you might be in during your daily routine for personal safety.

Office/Work Place:

Always have your purse locked up in a secure drawer. Don’t leave it on the floor or desk. If you can’t lock it up in your desk, always take it with you when you leave your work area.

Never leave personal phone numbers posted on the wall around your desk. Never give a number to anyone without their permission.

If you are planning a trip, don’t tell the whole office of your plans. Tell them about your trip after you get back. It makes for a better story anyway. You never know who’s listening.

Be cautious of all repair people or those who service your office. Especially if a new person that normally does not service your office comes in. Always ask for their proper identification. If suspicious, call the company they represent or inform your boss.

Elevators:

Always be aware of whose in the elevator. Look inside before you enter. If a person looks suspicious, wait for the next car. DON’T GET IN.

This also applies while you are waiting for an elevator. If you feel uncomfortable with anyone waiting as well, don’t get in. Walk away look like you changed your mind to do something else.

While on the elevator try to stand close to the controls. All elevators have an emergency alarm. Also if you feel threatened push all the buttons so the elevator will stop at all floors. This gives you a better chance to escape a situation.

Parking your car at work:

Try to park your car in a well lighted area next to an exit or elevator. Know where these exits are and have an escape plan.

Have your car keys out and in your hand before entering the parking garage. While searching for them in your purse can make you unaware of what’s happening around you and you can be approached easily without you noticing.

Always look into the back seat, floorboards, and around your car as you approach it.

Needless to say, ALWAYS lock you car even when you are in it. Keep the windows up so no one can reach in.

Keep your purse on the floorboards and don’t leave it on the seat. If you leave it in plain sight just to “pop” into a store you will take the chance someone will break your car window and steal your purse.

If you are bumped from behind DO NOT get out of your car immediately. Assess your suroundings. This could be a ploy to “car jack” you. It’s best to stay in your car and wait for the police to arrive. If the other party leaves the scene don’t try to follow. Try to get the tag number and write down a good description of the vehicle.

Always leave a good distance between your car in front of you. If threatened, you can step on the gas and make a get away. Don’t try to fight off an attacker. Give up your car and run away. Your car can be replaced, you can’t. Throw the keys if needed in the the opposite direction you are running. This will create a distraction and will give you a little more time to escape.

If your car breaks down, raise the hood and get back into the car and tie something to the car antenna. If someone stops to assist you DO NOT let them into your car. Ask them to call for help and do not accept a ride from them.


Posted on July 27th, 2008 at 05:03 by Alex Smith in Car Security,PERSONAL SAFETY,protecting valuables,Vehicle Security - Comments (3)

The most common entry point of a burglar into your home is a door. Once they get into your home they have to carry out of it what they steal, so why not prepare a fast exit route, a door.

A friend of mine had these cute little decorative frogs just outside his back door. They had a “secret” compartment in them. Looking at then the compartment it was so very obvious they had a compartment. When his neighbor went to check on his house the key was gone out of the frog and the back door wide open. DON”T hide a key ANYWHERE. Thieves will find it.

Do not tell anyone when or where you are going on vacation. This man told the whole town of his plans. At the coffee shop you never know who may be listening. You never know when even a friend might inadvertantly tell someone and it is overheard by the wrong person. Tell everyone about your trip after you get home. It will make a better story anyway.

Some sliding glass doors can be lifted out of their track. Some people put a broom handle or a stick in the track. This prevents the door from being slid open but it does not prevent the door to be lifted. You can get a kit at your local hardware store that will stop a thief from lifting the door. You have to drill a small hole through the track and door. Then put a steel peg or nail through it. This will prevent the door from being lifted out of it’s track.

A door that opens out could be a problem. The hinges are exposed to the outside. It is possible to remove the pins of the hinges and therefore the door can be opened from the hinge side. There are two ways to prevent this. Normally there are four screws in each hinge. Remove the middle screw of the middle hings on both the door and the door jam. Drill a hole the size of the screw hole into the door jam where you removed the screw. Then drive a finish nail into the door where you removed the door screw. Leave the nail sticking out of the door about 1/4 inch. When the door is closed the finish nail will go into the hole you drilled in the door jam. Now the door cannot be removed.

Windows can also be protected by drilling a small hole throught the window into the window casing. Place a nail into the hole and be sure it goes into the casing. Leave the nail sticking out so it can be removed from inside the home in case of an emerancy.

Lock ALL windows even the upstair ones. So many people don’t lock the second story windows or even leave them open. Then leave a nice extension ladder out in the yard. Or your neighbor provides the ladder for the thief. How many of your neighbors have a ladder in their back yard?

Sliding glass windows can be protected the same way I described the protection for a sliding door.

Finally, installing a good sturdy storm/security door is a excellent way to keep your property protected. Remember, most thieves are lazy. They don’t want to do extra work to break into your home. They see the security door and say it’s not worth the effort or the time it will take to to break in. I’ll go next door they don’t have one.


Posted on July 8th, 2008 at 03:16 by Alex Smith in Home Safety,Home Security,protecting valuables,security doors - Comments (4)

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