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GENERAL SAFETY  TIPS

Change some Habits and Be on the Lookout for Burglars

1. Lock all doors and windows, especially when leaving the house, even for short periods.

2. Don't leave your house key under a doormat or over a door.

3. Leave a few lights on when you go out in the evening. A bathroom light is the most baffling to a burglar.

4. Never have your name or address on your key ring. Be careful with whom you leave your auto key ring and don't leave your auto and house key on the same ring.

5. Don't provide information on your phone answering machine that could be helpful for a burglar. Don't give your name and don't say that you're not home. Instead, leave a message like, "I'm sorry, I can't answer the phone right now; please leave your message at the tone."

6. If you have large bushes next to your house, trim them to minimize places to hide.

7. Put important documents and valuables in a safe deposit box. That way, if the worst happens and you are burglarized, at least your most treasured possessions will be spared.

8. Don't leave ladders in the yard--they can be used as easy access to upper windows.

9. Check the references of anyone you employ for work around your home.

10. Be wary of "wrong address" visitors or "wrong number" phone calls. A professional burglar may be studying your house.

11. Be a good neighbour. If your see something or someone suspicious in the neighbourhood, ask the police to check it out. Know your neighbours and watch each other's property.

 

When on Vacation Give your Home an Occupied Look

1. Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your house, collect your newspapers and mail, and pickup throw away circulars. You may prefer to suspend newspaper and mail deliveries, but in some areas this is a tip-off to your absence. Ask your local police for advice.

2. Depending on the season, make arrangements to have your lawn mowed or your sidewalk shoveled.

3. Invest in an automatic timer to turn lights and radios on and off.

4. Remove jewellery and other valuables from the premises, and store in a safe place, such as a safe deposit box at a bank.

5. Notify your local law enforcement agency that you plan to be away. They will schedule periodic checks of your home.

 

Take the Extra Step

1. Equip doors with dead-bolt or double-cylinder locks. The popular spring-latch lock is easily opened

2. Exterior doors, including the door between attached garage and house, should be solid wood or metal.

3. If you have a sliding glass door, insert a steel rod or wood dowel in the door channel. For a further step, secure the door with key-operated pins or grips.

4. Double-hung windows can be inexpensively secured by drilling holes and inserting nails, which can be removed for use. Extra security for windows can be provided with key locks, but these could make it difficult to escape in the event of a fire.

5. Install lights or floodlights over doorways and garage.

6. Anchor ground floor window air conditioners to the window frame to prevent their being pushed in.

7. Protect basement windows by placing bars over the windows preferable on the inside or replacing the glass with burglary-resisting glazing.

8. Consider investing in an alarm. The least expensive type scares off the burglar with a loud noise, and wakes the household and usually close neighbours. For your personal safety, let the burglar go. Then quickly call the police.

9. Never hide your keys outside. Give an extra key to a friend or family member instead.

10. Add sufficient lighting to the back and sides of your home.

11. Make a list of your valuables - VCRs, stereos, computers, jewelry. Take photos of the items, list their serial numbers and description.

12.Exterior lights left on all day is a giveaway that you are out of town. Use timers or photo-cells on external lights to turn on at dusk and turn off at dawn.

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PASSWORDS

Do not use guessable words and names for passwords. Every thief know 1234 , 1997, 2356 or password , god , secret , boss are favourite pass codes . Use a random sequence of letters and numbers. To make the sequence easier to remember make up a phrase that's easy for you to remember and translate it to letters and numbers. For example: "security is important for everyone" could become "sii4e" ; or "at 35 years I had 1 brother and 2 kids" for "3512"

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Safety Checklist for Parents

Here is a list of important steps to take to help ensure your child's safety:

  • Have you taken time to teach your children safety rules in a clear way that the child can understand?

  • Do you have a family safety plan, including a family secret password?

  • Could you give the police a complete description of your child, so specific that the child would be immediately recognizable? Do you keep a current photograph of your child on hand?

  • Do you know what your child was wearing when he or she left the house?

  • Do you use check-in procedures so you always know where your child is?

  • Do you know the route(s) your child uses to get to and from school or their friends homes?

  • Have you taken a "safety walk" with your children over routes they often travel to agree on preferred and alternate routes and hazards to be avoided?

  • Have you described to your child what a stranger is?

  • Have you talked with you child about what to do if approached by a stranger? Can your child explain if in his or her own words?

  • Have you talked with your child about what to do if approached by a stranger? Can your child explain it in his or her own words?

  • Have you removed markings from your child's clothing that would help someone know your child's name (name visible on shirt or backpack, etc.)?

  • Do you know your children's friends and their parents' names and phone numbers?

The more you communicate with your child and give careful thought to the questions raised above, the more you will increase your family's safety.

by CONSUMER PROTECTION PRODUCTS INC

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Copyright 1997 - 2010
Information in this document is subject to change without notice.
Other products and companies referred to herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies or mark holders.
UPDATE 26-Feb-2010
MMC&S Inc.

  


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