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Home Security

Here are some "home security habits" to develop and practice:

 

Establish a routine to follow in making certain that doors and windows are locked and the alarm system is turned on.

 Avoid giving information to unidentified telephone callers.

 Avoid announcing your personal address in want ads or public notices (such as giving your address when advertising items for sale).

 Notify police if you see suspicious strangers in your area.

 Handle your keys carefully.

 

a. Don't carry house keys on a key ring bearing your home address.

b. Don't leave house keys with your car in a commercial parking lot.

c. Don't hide your keys in "secret" places outside your home - burglars usually know where to look.

Home Safety

Many losses can be prevented by being careful and cautious. Here are some basic rules to help prevent losses from happening in the home.

 

 Keep all home entrances well lit and locked. Installing motion sensory lights is another good way to deter burglars.

 

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 Make sure all sleeping areas are equipped with smoke detectors and test them periodically.

 Store filled gasoline canisters in well-ventilated areas free of flame.

 Keep all home cleaning products and disinfectants out of children's reach.

 Properly dispose of all used oily rags and combustible materials.

 Keep your home clean. Don't allow old newspapers to accumulate around lamps or by heaters.

 Make sure your garage door is closed at night and when you're not at home.

Remember to lock any tool sheds.

These are all easy-to-follow tips which can go a long way in ensuring home safety for you and your family.

 

Invantory

The winter time of year means spending more time indoors so it's a great time to do an indoor project that could save you time, money, and stress if you become victim to a burglary, theft, or vandalism.

 

Take photos of, or better yet, videotape your household possessions. You can use any kind of camera; the important thing is to make a record of your valuables.

 

Start at one end of the house and move from room to room taking pictures of the furniture, art, appliances, televisions, VCRs, stereos - anything of value. Then go back and spread other valuables on a bed or floor. This works well for jewelry, clothes, collections, etc. Then move onto the basement and garage for a group shot of other valuables such as tools, garden equipment, sporting equipment, etc.

 

Have someone help you set up the shots and jot down model and serial numbers as you go. When the photos come back, you can put this pertinent information on the back before storing them. You can orally record the serial numbers as you're video taping.

You should consider renting a safety-deposit box or have a fire proof safe to keep important documents, receipts and pictures, negatives or videotape of your inventory.

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