Our last article focused on personal safety when in public. Now we focus on the basics of staying safe, in and around your home.
- Always leave your headlights on when arriving home after dark until you have unlocked the garage door, or unlocked the front door.
- When arriving home by private vehicle or taxi, ask the driver to wait unto you are safely inside.
- Have the door key in your hand so you can open the door immediately when you return home.
- If you are a woman alone, list only your first initial and last name on the mailbox, or in the telephone directory.
- When moving into a new apartment or residence, ALWAYS have the locks re-keyed, or changed.
- Know who is at your door before opening it. Wide angle door viewers (180 degrees or 190 degrees) enable you to identify the visitor. You can see the person, that person can't see you.
- Never let anyone into your home without proper identification. Don't be afraid to ask for identification.
- Always leave outside lights on after dark, or even better use motion lights (you’ll save electricity this way).
- If you receive a wrong number phone call, don't give out your name or phone number.
- In an apartment building, NEVER be alone in the laundry room.
- If you suspect anyone is in your house, do not go in. Go to a neighbour and call the police.
- If you see or hear anything suspicious, call the police, security and let your neighbours know.
Hopefully there are a few pointers above that you can apply. Once again, we’d like to encourage you to get to know your neighbours. They are your best ally in times of need and can be your first responder, that’s if you know them and they know you.
Take care and Keep Safe.
- Team Neighbourly