Picking up from where I left off in the last article, I want to continue with some personal safety tips that can be used to enhance the level of security for your home!
The last article covered some pretty obvious things like keeping the windows and doors of your home locked when you are not in the immediate area of those easy entry points to your home. Now, I want to suggest that you also consider any other indirect entry points to your home.
What about your garage? Does your garage have windows? Are they kept locked or do you open them in warm weather and then not think to lock them when you close them? What about a door between your garage and the inside of your home - is it kept locked? If a person can get inside your garage through a window (whether the window is unlocked or not), then you better make sure that any door or entryway between your garage and the inside of your home is secured.
If you have a basement or crawl space with windows, are these kept locked or secured? Even if they are kept locked and secured, these windows may be "hidden" from plain sight - which makes them prime entry points for anyone wanting to gain access into your home. If a basement or crawl space is not living area wouldn't it be a good idea to keep the door that leads to your main living area secured (especially during times when you are gone, sleeping, etc and not able to possibly view that area)? If a basement is a living area (especially if there are bedrooms located there) you should make sure that there is a way for someone (not the burglar!) who may be in the basement if the door gets locked - keep a key in a place that has easy and quick access for anyone who may need it. So make sure all family members know where the key is and how to use it. It should be extremely easy to locate the key and use it because under the duress of an emergency situation, our ability to recall is compromised and our fine motor control (which would affect the ability to handle a key) is also negatively affected!
Again, I am not trying to scare anyone or create paranoia. The idea is to get you to think about where you are, what is going on around you - know your environment, know the level of risk, plan ahead instead of waiting until something bad happens. Be more aware!
More to come in future articles! In the meantime - One Body, One Life, One Choice...Be Smart & Be Safe!