National Crime Prevention Month, Safety Tips From Guardian Self Defense Products
In honor of National Crime Prevention Month, Guardian Self Defense & Security Products "The Self Defense Product Experts" offer up several tips to help protect your personal and home security. Crime surrounds us all but a proactive approach can do wonders to keep you safe. Awareness, preparation and a little common sense go along way toward our self defense. Below are some tips all of us can use to change their lives for the better starting today:
- Make sure your home looks like someone is living in it. Don't close your curtains - in the daytime this shows the house is empty. Think about getting automatic time switches to turn your lights on when it goes dark.
- Get and install dead-bolt locks on all doors, and alarms on all easily accessible windows.
- Cancel any deliveries such as newspapers and packages or arrange for a neighbor to receive.
- Keep your lawn cut and shrubs manicured.
- Get a friend or neighbor to look after your home. They can collect your mail; mow your lawn and so on. This gives the impression that someone is living in your home. If you leave keys with a neighbor, don't label them with your address.
- Don't leave valuables, like your TV, computer, or treadmill where people can see them through windows.
- Mark any valuable items with your postcode and house number using and 'invisible' pen that you can get from most hardware stores. If your property is stolen, this will help the police to identify it if it is found, which might not only allow them to return it to you but could also provide them with better evidence to convict the people responsible.
- Make sure that you have up-to-date contents insurance.
- Don't put your home address on your luggage when you are traveling to your holiday destination.
- Lock the garage and shed with proper security locks, after putting all your tools safely away so they cannot be used to break into your house. If you have to leave a ladder out, put it on its side and lock it to a secure fixture with a 'closure shackle' padlock or heavy-duty chain.
- Finally, lock all outside doors and windows. If you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set and that you have told police who has the key.
- Help from your neighbors is also a good idea. Ask them to keep an eye on your home while you're away.
- You could also ask them to collect mail left in the mailbox, sweep up leaves, even mow the lawn and generally make the place look lived in.
- You can repay the favor by doing the same for them. Warn the neighbor who has your key not to put your name, address, or even your house number on your keys in case they fall into the wrong hands.
- Is there a neighborhood watch where you live? Your local police will tell you if there is an organized watch in your area or help you set up one of your own. It could help you keep your home secure while you're away, and has many other crime prevention and community benefits!