During this season, many of us will be out for shopping, socializing while others will travel upcountry, and visit families and friends.
Please note that most burglaries are opportunistic and the holiday season provides just the opportunity for them to carry out all sorts of criminal activities.
While the security personnel work hard to identify criminals and deter their activities, taking a few simple precautions will help to stop most or all of these activities.
Whether you’re prepared for Christmas or not, there’s something everyone should be aware of – the importance of security.
As we celebrate this festive season, please take note of the following:
•Do not leave your valuable in cars as this is an open invitation to criminals
•Do not move with large sums of money (You can make use of mobile money).
•Do not leave your homes unattended to, at least leave someone to take care of the home or, inform your trusted neighbors that you will be away for a specified period of time.
•Do not leave your mobile devices near windows or doors.
•Loud music attracts burglars, do not play loud music
•Shut and lock your doors even if you’re going out for a short period of time
•Be careful with your updates on social media :
You must always be careful while updating your status, sharing location, or uploading pictures. Not all online friends are real friend….some people became your friend on the social media to extract your data.
•Make sure keys are kept out of reach of windows and doors.
•Don’t tempt burglars:
Keep valuable items out of view.
•If you are going away ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your property and ask them to open and close curtains or put lights on to make your house look lived in.
•Take a look around your home and imagine you are a burglar. Look for security weak points.
•Fit locks to windows and doors – if they are easily visible they may deter some thieves.
•Take Extreme Caution When Cooking…
The undeniable fact is that people simply aren’t careful enough when it comes to cooking. This is the number one cause of home fires. Period.
One of the biggest dangers is the combination of hot splashing grease and unattended cooking. Hot grease can instantly burst into flames. So it’s vital that you’re always there to watch and make sure that grease does not splash.
Of course keeping flammable dish towels, paper towels, or pot holders next to an open flame is a recipe for disaster. Keep all of those clear from the stove.
•Keep Your Heating Equipment in Good Condition…
Many fires start each and every year due to heating equipment that hasn’t been maintained. You should have your home heating utilities inspected and cleaned annually.
Portable heaters are also a great danger when not used properly. Keep these heaters at least 3 feet away from anything flammable, such as curtains, bed sheets, and never dry clothes on them. Always unplug portable heaters when you leave the home.
Smoking is a huge and obvious fire hazard, yet so many people carry on smoking.
The easiest way to prevent a fire from cigarettes is to not ever smoke. Period.
•Electrical Fires Hide Around Every Corner…
Electrical equipment makes our life easier in so many ways, but can also cause grave danger when it comes to fire safety.
It’s important that you keep a close eye on your electrical equipment. Never use faulty equipment. Always watch for frayed or torn cords and wires. Never run a cord under furniture or rugs. Wires get hot. The insulation on wires can also tear in places that you can’t see, and cause a fire when up against flammable material.
Also any electrical job in your home, should be done by a professional. Do-it-yourself electrical jobs very often go bad, simply because they’re not performed completely properly. This is no time to take a shortcut or save money.
I was once in this category. Children are curious by fire. They may want to see what happens when something melts or becomes ablaze But obviously that’s extremely dangerous. You should Educate them on full dangers of fire.
BESIDES THESE PRECAUTIONS, PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR CCTV SYSTEM, SMOKE DETECTORS, VIDEO DOOR PHONE AND OTHER SAFETY DEVICES ARE IN GOOD WORKING CONDITION.