10 Ways to Stay Safe in a Dangerous World.
RELEVANT NEWS STORY
1. WHILE THE CAT IS AWAY
Some people left their car in the long-term parking lot while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car’s registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people’s home and robbed it. So I guess if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking, we should NOT leave the registration/insurance cards in it, nor your remote garage door opener.
2. GETTING LOST AND LOSING IT
Someone had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.
Something to consider if you have a GPS – don’t put your home address in it… Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.
3. CELL PHONE FOLLY
I never thought of this…….
This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists only names on her cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. 20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says ‘I received your text asking about our Pin number and I replied a little while ago.’ When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text ‘hubby’ in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes the thief had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.
Moral of this lesson:
a. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc….
b. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.
c. Also, when you’re being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don’t reach them, be very careful about going places to meet ‘family and friends’ who text you.
4. THE PICK AND PULL (with a twist)
A lady went grocery-shopping at a local mall and left her purse sitting in the children’s seat of the cart while she reached something off a shelf…wait till you read the WHOLE story! Her wallet was stolen, and she reported it to the store personnel. After returning home, she received a phone call from the Mall Security to say that they had her wallet and that although there was no money in it, it did still hold her personal papers. She immediately went to pick up her wallet, only to be told by Mall Security that they had not called her. By the time she returned home again, her house had been broken into and burglarized. The thieves knew that by calling and saying they were Mall Security, they could lure her out of her house long enough for them to burglarize it.
5. NOSE IN A BOOK
Not just a book but a newspaper, cell phone, smartphone/tablet, or any other distraction. If you’re paying too much attention to the thing in your hand you aren’t paying ENOUGH attention to the world around you. Most people are attacked while distracted. Sometimes there is an outside distraction caused by the attacker/s and sometimes the distraction is us… Lost in our own little world. Head up, eyes searching, ears alert. Otherwise you’re just another lost sheep hoping the wolf doesn’t find you.
6. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
While walking or jogging in the evening, avoid dark paths and streets. Stay in well lit areas or neighborhoods. If using headphones, keep the volume low or only use one side so you can hear vehicles and other dangers. Pay close attention to your surroundings and other people. If you see someone suspicious, cross the street and maintain visual awareness.
7. THE WANDERER
If you get lost or do not remember where you parked your car, return to the store and ask for assistance from a security officer or store employee. Do not wander around looking lost! That is a surefire way to be targeted as a victim. If someone you don’t know near your car, do not approach it, walk back to where you can observe your vehicle from a safe distance. If they don’t move on after several minutes, consider a call to police or security. When you do get to your car, look around it and inside before you get in to make sure no one is around or in it. Check your tires carefully. They may be waiting to catch you down the road with a flat. They’d be glad to, “Help” you…by relieving you of your possessions.
A side note: Get AAA Roadside assistance. It is pretty cheap and affords a lot of benefits and discounts. You can be safer waiting inside your car for a tow truck than you would be distractedly changing a tire. Just a thought.
8. THE PACK MULE
When walking to and from stores, the mall, parking garage, etc keep your head up and be aware of your surroundings, Walk with a purpose, do not divert your attention by texting or talking on the phone, digging for car keys or be burdened with too many bags or packages. There are plenty of ways to become distracted. Don’t add to that list. Pay attention.
9. EYES IN THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD
Keep a constant eye on your children. ALWAYS know where they are and keep them in sight. Teach the the dangers in your yard and neighborhood. Children are very easily distracted and can wander off in seconds. This is especially important in the summer time as many children are attracted to pools and water. PLEASE WATCH YOUR CHILDREN AROUND WATER SOURCES!
10. THE KNOCK, KNOCK GAME
If you are not expecting anyone at your door and the door bell rings or there is a knock, do not rush to open the door. Use a window or peephole to see who is there first. If you don’t recognize them, talk through the door; announce that you hear them and ask what they need, if it seems suspicious to you or not someone you know, tell them you are not opening the door and that they are to leave. If they continue on and refuse to leave, call the police to report the suspicious activity. Teach your children that they should never answer the door!