Wether you’re traveling this Holiday Season or simply going to work, this is the time of year when burglars strike most!
Recent news reports have shown a spike in package theft and identity theft this season starting on Black Friday.
In our last blog we discussed protecting yourself from Identity Theft and online shopping safety. If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check it out here!
Here are some great tips to protect your home and property:
- LOCK UP TIGHT
Even if you think you live in a safe, secluded neighborhood this time of year draws strangers to all areas who are seeking to steal packages, property, and even your identity by going through your mail and trash.
While you are likely to always lock the entry ways to your home, now is the time to be vigilant in checking all windows, doors and gateways are secured as well as making sure to always lock your vehicle.
- MAINTAIN YOUR PROPERTY
Is your landscaping creating a safe haven for burglars to hide? Be sure to keep hedges and bushes trimmed back and visible from multiple angles.
Be sure there are no ladders, equipment or firewood out in the open that can be used to aid burglars in breaking into your home.
Do not keep keys hidden outdoors.
- KEEP YOUR PROPERTY WELL LIT
Burglars use the convenience of darkness to sneak around your property. Keep your property well lit with motion sensitive lighting making sure they illuminate all angles of your property. Motion lighting will save energy and only light up when movement is detected.
- BE MINDFUL OF YOUR TRASH
What you throw away can make you a target for identity theft or burglars. Never dispose of credit offers addressed to you, credit card bills, or any documents that provide your full name and additional personal info. Gather such documents to be shredded professionally at a local office supply store or using your own shredder if you have one.
Do not leave packages outside that clearly display product photos of expensive items such as TVs or computers recently purchased. Break down these boxes and dispose of them away from your home.
- MAKE YOUR HOME LOOK OCCUPIED
If you will be away for a few days, be sure your home appears occupied by setting timers on lights and having a friend pick up your mail for you so that it doesn’t pile up.
- TAKE INVENTORY AND LABEL YOUR PROPERTIES
This is something you should do on a regular basis: Make a video inventory of your valuables and email it to yourself. Each time you add a valuable item to your household, take an additional video. Make a detailed note of each item’s serial number, model number, and manufacturer as well. Include full descriptions of these items and dates of purchase.
Use an engraver to mark your valuables with your last name and telephone number.
- BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR
If you spot suspicious activity at a neighbor’s home, be sure to call your local police department and advise them. This not only helps your neighbors, but it also protects you by letting these people know neighborhood watch is in effect!
The Close Range Safety Training Academy team wishes all of our friends and family a joyous and safe Holiday Season. Thank you for joining us throughout the year for health and safety tips. Please be sure to stay with us in 2018 for more useful information and share it with your loved ones.