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Common Sense Tips That Could Save Your Life

by on December 15, 2011 >> 9 Comments
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Common Sense on DutyTip#1 – Do Not Battle The Bandit

If you find yourself nose to nose with a robber, do not put up a fight. Just give em’ what they want. According to crime experts, you should just hand over your cash, credit card, jewelry, or whatever the assailant wants. This will most likely guarantee you at least one more day alive! Of course we want to get rid of all criminals, so make a conscious effort to identify the attacker and report the crime to the police as soon as you are clear of your attacker.

Tip#2 – This is Ironic but Burglars Hate Surprise Visitors

Burglars want to avoid confrontation – that is why they usually visit when you are not home. If you return home and see signs of a break-in – a door ajar, a screen slit, a window broken – do not enter the house. Back out of the driveway or keep walking until you are out of your house reach and then call the police. The only ones who should stop a burglar in action are those trained to do so – the police.

Tip#3 – Keep Your Home Looking Like You Are Home All The Time

It’s all about keeping up appearances! Do not advertise that you are away by turning out the lights and leaving the garage empty for extended periods of time. Do:

Leave lights on and the radio playing – preferably tuned to a talk show, or you may choose to use inexpensive timing devices to turn inside lights, the radio, or television on and off at different times.

Have a neighbor or friend stop by your home frequently to get your mail.

Never leave a key “hidden” outside.

Arrange for your lawn and garden to be tend if you will be away for an extended period of time.

Tip#4 – Secure Your Home

When it comes to protecting your life and possessions, you are only as safe as your security system. Here are a few ways to keep out the unwanted.

Make sure outside doors – including the doors between your house and garage, are constructed of solid 1 and 3/4” metal or wood and fit tightly in their frames. Hinges should be on the inside, so an intruder cannot unscrew the door from its hinges.

Secure exterior doors with dead bolt locks.

To secure a sliding glass door, place a rigid wooden dowel in the track, or install a commercially available patio door lock.

Keep windows locked at all times and if necessary, fit them with metal grilles – especially lower level windows.

Last, but not least, lock your doors! Gone are the days when we could leave our doors unlocked and not get violated. Unless you have an onsite security guard at all times, you cannot afford not to lock up.

Tip#5 – Do Not Invite Trouble Into Your Home

If someone knocks at your door, you should be able to identify the caller before you open the door. Always have a peephole, wide angle door viewer, or other device that allows you to see who is at your door without opening it, and use it! A short chain between the door and the jamb is not a good substitute because any intruder can easily break it.

Tip#6 – Be Pretentious and Play It safe

If you hear someone breaking into your house, do not confront him – he could be armed. Grab your cell phone and find a place to hide. Do not call for help unless you can see the intruder from your hiding place, at a distance. You do not want him to locate you. Also, if you wake up in the middle of the night and see someone in your room going through your belongings, pretend to be asleep. You can keep your eyes slightly opened so you can see what he is up to, while plotting a scheme just in case he decides to attack you. Wait until the intruder leaves to call the police. Of course, if he attacks you – you should never go down without a fight. The possibility is, he would probably kill you anyway.

Tip#7 – Be Street Smart And Avoid Danger

Cut your chances of being mugged or robbed by following these advice:

When walking outdoor at nights, travel the busiest street available – even if it is longer, and avoid passing vacant lots, alleyways, and construction sites. Walk with an upright confident posture and be alert to what is happening around you.

Women, carry your handbags crosswise over your shoulders and keep it firmly gripped. Men carry your wallets in an inside coat or pants pocket, not in a rear pocket.

When walking to your car, have your keys ready so you can unlock the door quickly. Once open, check the backseat to make sure no one is hiding there. Get in and lock the doors before starting your car.

If a motorist stops you for directions, do not get close to the car; give a reply from a distance.

In apartment buildings, hotels, and office buildings, familiarize yourself with emergency buttons on elevators. Stand near the controls, and if you are attacked, hit the alarm and as many floor buttons as possible.

Tip#8 – Be Suspicious Of All Uninvited Guests

If you are in your home and you run into a friend, family member, or someone who does not live there and was not invited to be there – be very afraid and suspicious. Uninvited guests are usually up to no good! Get yourself close to a weapon, your cell phone and ready for battle before asking any questions. Do not let the person out of your sight.

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9 Responses to Common Sense Tips That Could Save Your Life

  1. Madison on December 15, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Hey Marie, this is serious business but I like the way you term tip#1. The moment I read it, I had to laugh :)

    On a serious note, all 8 tips are common sense and should be followed. I usually leave my doors unlock, so far so good, but I think I will feel safer locking up.

    Nice post!

    • Marie on December 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Hi Madison, happy you had a laugh :)

      These are so common sense, yet many of us do not take them into consideration when needed. It seems like it does not matter where you live, it is wise to lock your doors. On the other hand, if you are surrounded by guards, why lock them?

      Thanks for contributing.
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  2. Marie on December 15, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Indeed Anna! Better to be safe than sorry or nice.

    Thanks for stopping by.
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  3. Bethany on December 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

    My husband and I always ensure we do #3 whenever we are leaving on long trips. We have a timer that controls our television and stereo system, and another that gets our lights on and off in different rooms, just like they are when we are home.

    Also, we are not very generous with trust and so only one friend is usually aware of our absence from home, and one neighbor that we have known and come to trust over the years.

    We place our mail on hold until we get back, and as far as the landscape, our landscaper usually gets it done whether we are home or not.

    Your other points are pretty much relevant and common sense. We could surely save ourselves a lot of trouble and possibly our lives, if we implement these tips as needed.

    A most relevant post!

    • Marie on December 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Absolutely Bethany! We have to be proactive in ensuring our safety, and the security of our possessions. When it comes to trust, the least we extend, the better.

      Thanks for contributing!
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  4. Janice on December 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Oh yes, tip #2 definitely, this is not the movies where you get home and something is looking way off, like clearly something is wrong, and you walk in calling and asking “Is someone in here?”

    They sure do hate surprises, and many more people would be alive today if they had just walked away and called for help, the moment they realized something was off. Many burglars kill because they panic and also are afraid of being attacked or identified.

    One tip I would like to add is “Don’t be counting your money in public.” I have seen people do this many times, and in some countries and places like the Cayman Islands and here in Paris you can get away with doing so, but unfortunately in many others, you will not.

    If you go to the ATM, quickly put it away before heading out. Money is a highly seeked after medium, and people will go to great lengths to get it. Some will get it the honest way, and some just won’t.

    • Marie on December 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Janice, I have to agree with you here. I truly believe that many people would not have lost their lives had they stayed away and called for help – unlike in the movies.

      Not so sure Cayman is still the same as it was say 5 years ago, but it was a place where you could literally leave your wallet on the top of your car and go wherever and return and it would still be there – untouched.

      The world is changing, some things for the better, but unfortunately, most is for the worst.

      Thank you for contributing, and also, for your added tip “Don’t be counting your money in public.”
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  5. Katherine on March 17, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I think I might try to disregard #1, but then again, it is better to lose my stuff than my life.

    Never thought about #8 but I guess you are right. If they ring the doorbell I can understand, but just walking in my house without being invited is a no, no.

    Nice tips.

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