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Security tips for your home and property

Published:Monday | March 26, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Crime is on the rise again and more and more we have to think of ways to secure our loved ones and property. The Guardsman Group was kind enough to share the following tips with Flair readers.

Home:

1. Create the illusion that someone is at your house if you're away for an extended period of time. Leave a TV or stereo on in a room where a burglar would most likely break in.

2. Make sure all exterior doors have good proper locks. Install 1-inch deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.

3. If you get an unexpected knock at the door, check to see who it is before opening it. You can also keep your wireless keychain handy when there's a stranger at the door, in case you need to call for help in an instant.

4. Don't leave extra keys under doormats, potted plants or any other obvious outdoor location. Thieves will generally find them. Find an inconspicuous place to hide the keys, or give a set to a neighbour you can trust.

5. Keep garage doors closed at all times. Even when you're home, it's important to safeguard your belongings and your family.

6. Keep drapes and blinds shut - especially in rooms where there is expensive equipment. Don't advertise the items in your home.

7. Store cash, jewellery and other valuables in a safe or safety deposit box instead of leaving them lying around the home.

8. Don't leave notes on the door for service people or family members when you're not there.

9. It is your right to see the identification cards of callers who claim to be government or municipal officials or even police officers. Even if they are in uniform, insist on it! If they refuse, order them to leave your property immediately and report the matter to the police.

Fire safety tips

1. Never leave candles or other open flames burning unattended.

2. When buying, building or renovating your home, make sure all roofing materials are fire resistant.

3. Don't leave hot irons, or burning stove tops and outdoor grills unattended while in use. Double-check that you've turned them off after use.

4. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. For the best detection and notification protection, install both ionisation and photoelectric-type smoke alarms.

5. Don't have deadbolts that lock with an inside key. You need to get out fast if a fire starts. A missing key could trap you inside.

Vehicle:

1. Keep your car in good working order.

2. Always park in visible, well-lighted areas.

3. Have your keys ready when approaching your vehicle to reduce the time needed to enter.

4. Drive with all the doors locked.

5. Any valuables in your car should be placed in the trunk or otherwise kept out of sight.

6. If someone approaches your vehicle and attempts to enter, blow your horn to attract attention and drive away.

7. Do not pick up hitchhikers.

8. If you're being followed DO NOT DRIVE HOME, drive to the police station.

9. Keep a good distance behind the car in front of you, including at stopped intersections, so you don't get trapped and still will be able to negotiate your car out of a pinch.

10. If your vehicle breaks down, ask any person who stops to help to call the police.

11. Call ahead when driving to your home or apartment late at night and have someone watch you walk from your car to the residence.

12. Limit distractions such as cellphones while operating a vehicle.

Tips courtesy of: www.guardsmangroup.com/alarms