SECURITY TIPS

Posted: December 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Most burglaries during this season are opportunistic and happen when owners are away shopping, socializing or on holiday. Take a few simple precautions and you will not be sorry.

Remember

  • 1. Shut and lock all doors, even if you’re only going out for a short while.
  • Close and lock all windows; – burglars don’t like to smash glass.
  • Do not “hide” your keys outside your home, nor leave them in an obvious place near doors or windows.
  • Make sure your valuables – including televisions, DVDs/Videos and stereo systems – cannot be seen from through the windows.
  • If possible make your home look occupied even when you’re away by using timers on radios and lights
  • When you buy new items like DVD players or video recorders, don’t advertise by leaving the empty boxes out for everyone to see, destroy them.
  • Hide or lock away all important documents that you do not require during the holiday.
  • Don’t leave car keys near doors or windows or other obvious places.
  • Consider engraving your property; this puts thieves off because it makes it harder to re-sell.
  • Ensure you have an up-to-date list of your valuables and keep copies in a safe place.

Homes with good security are much less likely to be burgled than those without.

• Deadlocks make it harder for burglars to get out with your goods if they got in through a window.

• Install a deadlock on the internal access door between the garage and the house.

• Window locks deter burglars because smashing glass attracts attention and can leave forensic evidence.

• Visible burglar alarms and Security lighting are a great deterrent

• Spy holes and chains on doors let you see who’s there without opening up.

If you will be away on holiday

• Cancel all deliveries to your home.

• Have a neighbor stop by to open and close your window curtains.

• Make sure your neighbors know where they can contact you in an emergency and your expected time of return.

• Invite neighbors to use your driveway and clothesline to make it look like someone is home.

• Lock away any tools and ladders that could be used by a would-be thief to break into to your house.

• Make arrangements for family pets to be looked after.

• Consider inviting a relative or friend to house sit for you.

• Whatever you do, do not leave a message on your door or answering machine that you away.

• Only give out keys to people you trust, and don’t label them with your name and address

While holidaying

  • Do not display large amounts of money in public.
  • If you have to carry cash, keep the larger amounts separate and not in your wallet or purse.
  • Be mindful of pickpockets on crowded matatus, buses and in lifts or market places.
  • Keep money and wallets on a secure part of your person and be suspicious of excessive bumping.
  • When making credit card purchases, obtain your receipt and carbon paper.
  • Do not place shopping bags on the ground and out of touch while paying for other items.
  • Place packages and our shopping in the boot of your car and out of view.

 

 

CARJACKINGS

Carjacking is a felony.Under the law, it is a violent crime. A carjacker is risking a far more severe penalty if caught than a regular car thief.

A person deranged enough to think this is an acceptable risk cannot be expected to start making smart decisions when he has a gun held to your head. Now is not the time to be a hero for you.

Do not argue or resist a carjacker, the odds are you will be shot if you do.

The carjacker has come to the situation ready, willing and able to commit violence.
An effective strategy to “defend your space” under normal circumstances could in this instant get your brains blown out.

Carjackers rarely operate alone.Although you may only have seen the guy who stuck a gun in your face, chances are that there are more of them around. Car thieves in general and carjackers especially tend to operate in groups. Often a driver will stop, let one of the members out of his car and wait until the vehicle has been stolen. They will then follow to a drop-off point, and the thief will rejoin his comrades.

If something goes wrong with the carjacking attempt (i.e., you miraculously defeat the carjacker without getting shot) there is a very good chance that his comrades will open fire on you. And unlike the carjacker, the gunmen will not be close enough for you to defend yourself.

No matter how good you may be, you can’t dodge bullets. This same problem applies to any firearm defense you might muster. You can easily find yourself in a firefight after shooting your primary attacker.

What do you stand to lose?It isn’t just the loss of your car that will be the problem, important documents, mobile phones, cash and/or credit cards are often lost in carjackings.

Carjackers have also been known to sometimes rape their female victims. This exposes the victims to trauma and diseases like HIV/AIDS among other varied STD s.

This is why you must spot the problem developing in order to save both yourself and your vehicle. If you don’t see it coming, the best you can hope for is to save yourself. You can only do that by giving the carjacker what he wants without resistance and escaping with your life.

Carjackers are mostly likely to strike;

i). When you walk to your car in a parking lot or street.
ii). When you momentarily stop (e.g., at a traffic light, entering traffic from a
parking lot or turning, or at your home waiting for the gate to be opened

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