Holiday Safety: Guidelines to Protect You and Your Home
December 11, 2015
Sandcastle Homes would like to recommend some personal and home holiday safety guidelines:
PERSONAL SHOPPING SAFETY:
- Dress casually and comfortably
- Avoid carrying purses Store credit/debit cards and cell phones in pockets
- No bling! Please leave all expensive jewelry at home.
- There’s safety in numbers. Shop in groups for more watchful eyes.
- Never leave purchases unattended.
- Beware of distractions by con artists with the intent to take your money or belongings
- Shop during daylight hours, if at all possible.
- Park in a well-lighted area as close to the building as possible
- Hide your valuables. Always store out of sight.
- Don’t forget the keys! Never leave keys in your vehicle.
- Always lock your vehicle and close windows
- Consolidate smaller purchases into one or two large bags
- Make your valuable purchases last, and then go directly home after the buy
- Avoid ATM machines and if you must use one, choose a highly visible location. Make sure you are accompanied by someone
- Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping
- Teach children their full name, address and telephone number
- Be sure that your children are aware of security guards or store offices so they’ll know where to go if they become separated
- Home alarm system – utilize even when gone for short periods of time.
- Make use of technology. Consider a “smart” security system, including security cameras. These solutions are becoming extremely affordable.
- Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer
- Leave a radio or television on to make the house seem occupied
- Home garages – consider backing vehicles in to avoid anyone from approaching from behind.
- Have packages delivered to your office. This will reduce the likelihood of theft as well as keep family members from snooping!
- Discarding gift packaging – you don’t want to alert thieves to new possessions. Store packaging someplace out of sight for a week or two before discarding or consider discarding it away from the home
- Neighborhood watch – Request assistance from your neighborhood watch if possible. Ask neighbors to keep an eye on your house and to pick up newspapers and mail
- Away for extended periods – stop mail and newspapers and request extra patrols of your residence by calling the Crime Prevention Officer in your precinct
We wish you a very safe and happy holiday season!Tags: advice, builder, Children, garage, holiday, home, homes, Houston, personal, safety, sandcastle, season, security
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