D – Safe at Home

buildingAWARENESS IN YOUR HOME

  1. List only initials/last name in phone book, on mail boxes, doors, etc. If you live alone, list another name in addition to your own to make your home appear more populated.
  2. THINK every time before you leave your name, address or phone number in public view or give out information regarding your daily routine, don’t advertise your life, e.g. never carry ID tags on your keys.
  3. Personally destroy all envelopes and other items that reflect personal information before throwing them into the rubbish.
  4. Safeguard financial records and other materials that can be used to identify accounts, credit card info, etc.
  5. Look at your house from the burglar’s point of view – stand outside your house and look at how you would get into your house without a key or authorized entry. Examine your home and yard for blind spots, hiding places for criminals when you come home/leave, escape routes, views from and to neighbouring properties.
  6. Secure ladders and tools left outside, don’t leave free entry tools for the burglars.
  7. Outside doors should be solid core or metal, Sliding doors should have special locks or handle, even a propped up stick or metal pipe wedging the door into the track is a great deterrent.
  8. When moving to new house/apt. Have your locks rekeyed.
  9. Put gravel around the house and approaches, as the noise of footsteps alerts you and deters burglars.
  10. When you go on vacation, let a friend know when you leave and when you plan to return so someone is aware if you are missing. Do not advertise by putting a note on your door or on voicemail telling your whereabouts and your planned return home. Leave some lights on or ideally on timer to simulate occupancy, get a family member/friend to empty the post box and keep the rubbish bin out of sight.
  11. Know your neighbours and your neighbourhood; be aware of strangers, unknown cars, and people loitering.
  12. Use lights at all entrances, inside and out, and keep your garage well lit. Keep all doors and windows shut and locked at all times.
  13. As with all valuables, lock it, hide it or watch it.
  14. Get an alarm system and burglar bars, deadbolts, peephole and a dog. Dogs are not reliable and mean a lot of work, they are great deterrents, but don’t depend on them.
  15. “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may  forgive you your sins.”

    Mark 11:25 NIV

    Leave lights on in various parts of the house if you will be coming home after dark. Buy time devices that will activate lights, radios, etc.

  1. If you come home and think someone may have been inside (or may still be there) do not enter. Go to a neighbour’s house and call the police.
  2. If you have a choice, never live on the ground floor, make it difficult for burglars/robbers.
  3. Invest in solid deadbolt locks, just having burglar bars with cheap locks makes no sense.
  4. If you hear a prowler, turn on all outside lights and call the police. Alert your neighbours.
  5. Let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

    1 John 3:18 NKJV

    We are saved by faith and grace alone, but saving faith transforms us into doers of the word, not just hearers only (James 1:22) – Just believing in Jesus Christ as our Saviour and admitting our sins is not enough; we need to actively repent – change our sinful nature, turn away from sin and temptation – to show our new self.

    To receive forgiveness for our sins, we also need to be able to forgive others; forgiveness is an act of mercy, love and grace, it is a decision to not hold on to something hurtful done to us. We all need forgiveness for our sins.

    If we did something wrong, but we regret it and truly repent – change our sinful way and actively seek restoration and restitution to the person we wronged – God will forgive us.

    Just being sorry and asking God for forgiveness is – again –  not good enough; we need to be doers of the word and ask the persons we wronged for forgiveness and correct our misdeed and restore them as good as we can.

    For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16  NKJV

    imagesKeep curtains closed and shades down and angled down at night.

  1. Write down/take pics of the serial numbers of all valuables (stereos, TVs, computers) and keep the list in a safe place. These are critical to property recovery and insurance claims.
  2. Beware of casual acquaintances who visit unannounced. Most rapists know their victims and plan the time of the attack and most cases happen at home.
  3. Ask for identification of all service personnel before opening the door. If you have not requested service, ask for the office phone number and name of dispatcher. First validate the phone number by checking it in the phone directory, then call the office to verify employment. If you have doubts, do not open the door.
  4. Do not allow children to open the door. Train your family.
  5. Do not leave extra house keys in obvious places like under door mats, in flower boxes, above the door, etc. Leave them with neighbours. Thieves know where to look
  6. Do not allow a stranger in the house to use the phone, regardless of the emergency. Offer to make the call for them.
  7. When you are at home alone, have telegrams and messages slipped under the door and have packages left outside. Do not open the door unless you know the delivery person.
  8. Do not depend on a chain on your door. Use a peephole to check on visitors while keeping the door locked. Call through the door if necessary.
  9. Be aware of places attackers might hide, both inside and outside. Trim bushes and shrubbery so no one can hide in them.
  10. Be alert when riding an elevator with an unknown person. Stand next to the control panel so that stop buttons cannot be pushed and that you have access to emergency buttons and phone. Don’t get into an elevator if you have any doubts about the person inside.
  11. Do not spend unnecessary time alone in apartment laundry rooms, stairwells, garages.
  12. Plan your activities with safety and security in mind, e.g. know how you are going to exit / enter the premises, park your car, offload groceries, etc.
  13. Always be aware of your surroundings and know where the closest safe place and help is.
  14. Have a safe area in your home with extra door/locks, and an emergency cell phone
  15. Make an emergency plan with your family and practice it.
  16. Always follow the STOP – LOOK – LOCK Principle, when leaving.

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