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Safety Tips

Securing your home guide

Home Safety

  • List only your initials and last name on your mailbox or in telephone books
  • Install effective locks on all doors and windows and be sure to use them
  • Never leave your door unlocked, even for a moment
  • Never open your door to strangers
  • Always have your key ready so you can enter your home without delay
  • Utilize outdoor lighting to make your home visible
  • Never leave a key to your home under a door mat or in an outside hidden key container
  • Get to know your neighbors and other residents

Vehicle Safety

  • Park in well-lighted areas
  • Look around your car as you approach it and if a person gets near your vehicle causing concern, walk away
  • Have your car keys in your hand and check under your vehicle and the back seat area before entering your car
  • Lock your door immediately after entering the car
  • Put any valuables in the trunk
  • Never leave the title or registration in the car
  • Keep your car keys and house keys on separate rings
  • When dealing with kids and car seats, it is better to put them in the seat, then get in yourself, lock the doors, and then finish buckling the kids up
  • When driving alone at night, let a family member or friend know the route you take and your expected arrival time at your destination
  • If you are in a minor accident, or someone bumps your car from the rear, do not get out, especially in remote areas or at night.

Child Safety

  • Know where your children are at all times and who they are with
  • Never leave a child unattended in a public place
  • If your child tends to avoid a certain adult, find out why
  • Talk to your children about internet and mobile phone usage and explain what not to do
  • Explain to your child to never give out personal information about where they live, go to school, where they play, etc
  • Know the area in which you live
  • Teach your child about bullying and cyber bullying and who to report it to if it does occur

Fraud and Identity Theft

  • Be mindful when receiving calls from telemarketers or someone you don’t know
  • Never give your financial information to an unknown source
  • Delete spam emails and ignore phone calls of individuals requesting money
  • If you receive a phone call or email from an individual who claims they have a family member hostage, do not provide them with any information. Contact the police immediately.
  • Keep all important personal documents in a safe location
  • Leave your social security card at home in a secure location such as a safe

Safety While Walking

  • Walk with someone else, whenever possible
  • Walk only in well-lit areas and avoid short cuts through poorly lit or deserted areas
  • If you think you are being followed, change direction and head for a well-lit area with other people around
  • Don’t hitchhike or accept rides from strangers
  • If a driver stops to ask directions, avoid getting near the car

Safety at Work

  • Lock your office whenever you leave, even if you are are only gone a minute
  • Keep small valuables (wallets and purses) out of sight in a closed and locked desk or file cabinet
  • Do not bring excessive amount of cash to work
  • Be alert to strangers in your office building
  • If you have to work late at night, avoid working alone
  • When vendors come to the office to pick up equipment for return or repairs, ask to see ID or proof of their affiliation with the company

Cyber Safety

  • Protect yourself from Malware, Spyware, and Viruses, complete software updates regularly and avoid visiting malicious websites
  • Use antivirus software to detect Malware, Spyware, Viruses, and other malicious software
  • Create passwords that are secure using upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols
  • Do not provide personal or financial information to unsecure websites

Safety on a Date

  • Always trust your instinct
  • Have an idea of where you are going and be suspicious of sudden changes to the plan
  • Keep spare money, calling cards, or a cell phone handy for immediate access
  • Stay sober
  • Don’t accept drinks from other people
  • Open containers yourself
  • Never leave your drink unattended
  • Don’t share drinks
  • Always tell a good friend where you are going and who you are meeting
  • Always make your own travel arrangements to/from a first date

In the Event of a Robbery

  • If they ask for your money, give it to them
  • Remain calm and don’t show fear
  • Control your temper for the moment and remind yourself that you can’t be replaced
  • This could be an event that your will remember for the rest of your life; however, everything that you remember about the person can help the police in their investigation
  • Immediately call the police after the robbery