Top ten tips to stay safe
Yale Security understands that home security is more than technology or armed response officers on patrol. To assist Hi-Tech Home Security readers to keep their homes safe, Yale has put together a few tips to help ensure your home remains a safe haven.
- Change all the locks when you move into a new house. If you lose your keys, change the locks immediately.
- Secure your electronic gate’s motor with a weatherproof, outdoor padlock to prevent tampering.
- For extra security, lock your garage door from the inside.
- When you are away on holiday, ensure that your house appears occupied in your absence. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you’re not at home.
- If the entrances to your home are dark, consider installing lighting with an infrared detector. Most thieves don’t want to be observed trying to gain entry to a house.
- Trees located near windows and entrances, or shrubbery that might shield a burglar from view, could prove to be weak points in your home security. Consider your landscaping from a security point of view.
- Talk to your neighbours about suspicious people or cars you notice in the area. Join your local neighbourhood watch or community group for crime updates – signing up with one of these organisations is usually free, but in certain cases requires a small fee.
- Ask for credentials and IDs from any sales/delivery/municipality representative who requests entry to your home. Many professional burglars use this as an opportunity to gain entry to homes. Always phone and check with the visitor’s office before letting him or her in. Make sure that your domestic workers are aware of these dangers as well, and that they follow the same procedures.
- Dogs are good deterrents to burglars. Even a small, noisy dog can be effective – burglars do not like attention drawn to their presence. Beware of the large increase of dog poisonings and clean up any suspicious items that may have been thrown over your boundary wall. Have your vet’s emergency contact details saved on your cell phone.
- Beware of credit card cloning and skimming. It takes a matter of seconds for your card to be cloned and unauthorised transactions to begin going off on your account. Carry your credit cards in an RFID blocking wallet. Avoid ATMs that look like they have been tampered with or damaged. If you suspect your card has been compromised contact your bank immediately.
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This is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your specialist for specific and detailed advice. (E&OE)