The “At Home” personal safety tips will finish up with this list of miscellaneous ideas and suggestions. Some of the items on this list are common sense suggestions. However, the reason each of these items are included is because at some time or another, at a workshop or in a casual discussion with someone, I heard about these items happening, being done or not being done! So, the hope is that by mentioning each of these items, no matter how ludicrous it may seem to even need to mention it, I am preventing someone, somewhere, from making the mistake!
- Never give your house keys to anyone you don’t know and trust beyond any level of doubt.
- Have the locks changed on any building, dwelling, storage unit, or space that has been previously occupied by someone else.
- If you are a single female, never identify yourself as such. For example, any place that your name is listed (phone book, mail box, etc), only use the first initial of your first name – J. Doe could be Jim Doe or Julie Doe.
- When you record a voice mail greeting for your personal phone, don’t use the word, “I”, use the word, “We”. That way it sounds as if more than one person resides at the home.
- Another option for recording a voice mail greeting is to use the computer generated greeting or ask a male friend to record the greeting for you.
- Make sure all smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and security systems are working properly. Change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at the suggested intervals.
- If your car has an alarm that can be activated by the Key Remote keep it near your bed (within easy reach) at night or whenever you intend to sleep. If you hear an intruder, quickly activate the car alarm – noise is the intruder’s enemy!
- If you hide an extra house key in a hiding place outside, change the location of the hiding place on a semi-regular basis. Once the key has to be retrieved from a hiding place, you should choose another hiding place just in case someone saw you retrieve the key.
- Don’t tell any one who does not need to know, that you hide a house key in an outside location.
- Do not give out unnecessary information to people via computer communication or phone calls. Even if you are home alone, suggest that there is someone (a male) home with you.
These are a few random personal safety tips that if followed, will definitely make you more safe in your home. The next article will cover some personal safety tips that should be considered when working with a realtor to sell your home!
In the meantime, have a great week! Remember, – One Body, One Life, One Choice…Be Smart, Be Aware & Be Safe!