The most serious obstacles to personal safety is Lack of Situational Awareness, Complacency and fatalism. “It won’t happen to me” and “if it’s going to happen, It’s going to happen” is dangerous thinking. Recent incidents and events in today’s society have changed the way we think about our own security but not necessarily dimin-ished the threats we face. Today, the most prevalent threat we all face no matter where we are is crime.
A criminal attack against you or your family can take place and anywhere at any time, as can a fire or other disaster. However, you can influence what happens to you by assuming more responsibility for your own security and maintaining a reasonable level of situational awareness. The information in this booklet is general and is only meant as a guide. Meaning does Not apply to everyone and can be depending on personal circumstance For more specific information be sure to speak to a local Security Consultants or local authorities.
Security in the home is a vital component of any personal security program. The following guidelines should be considered and used in reviewing your residential security.
All entrances, including service doors and gates, should have quality locks— preferably deadbolt. Check your:
Front Door Rear Door Garage Door(s) Patio Door Sliding Glass Door Gates
Don’t leave keys “hidden” outside the home, Leave an extra key with a trusted neighbour or colleague.
Keep doors locked even when you or family members are at home. Have window locks installed on all windows. Use them. Lock louvered windows— especially on the ground floor.
Have locks installed on your fuse boxes and external power sources.
If you have window grilles and bars, review fire safety.
Don’t block bedroom Windows with permanent grilles if the windows may be used for emergency exit.
If you have burglar or intrusion alarms, check and use them.
Have at least one fire detector on each floor, and be sure to have one in the kitchen.
Periodically check them and replace batteries when necessary.
Keep torches in several areas in the house and check the batteries often, especially if you have children in your home. (They love to play with them!)
A family dog can be a deterrent to criminals. But remember, even the best dog can be controlled by food or poison.
Choose a location to live that offers the most security, the less remote the safer your home will be, particularly in a neighbourhood close to police station or fire station.
Know your neighbours: Try develop a rapport with them and offer to keep an eye on each other’s homes, especially during days out or holidays.
If you observe any unusual activity, report it to the police immediately.
Establish safe family living patterns. If you understand the importance of your contribution to the family’s overall security, the entire household will be safer.
While at home, you and your family should rehearse safety drills and be aware of procedures to escape danger and get help.
Educate family members and domestic help in the proper way to answer the telephone at home. Vary daily routines; avoid predictable patterns. Know where all family members are at all times.
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