October is National Crime Prevention Month. It’s getting dark earlier, which makes it easier for criminals to take advantage of opportunities. Here are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself and your property:
*Pay attention. Remember where you parked your car so you’re not wandering around streets or parking lots. Have your keys in your hand so you’re not searching for them in the dark.
*Put away the phone. If you’re looking down at your phone, you’re not going to be aware of traffic or people around you.
*Watch your wallet. When you pay for a purchase, don’t set your wallet down on the counter.
*Lock the car. Vandals and petty thieves look for easy targets, so encourage them to keep moving. While you’re at it, remove everything from the car when you exit, so there’s nothing attractive to take.
*Close the garage door. It takes minutes for someone to enter your home through an open garage and walk out with valuables.
*Turn the lights on. A well-lit house is less inviting to vandals and thieves. Use timers on interior and exterior house to make it look like someone’s home.
*Don’t open the door to strangers. You wouldn’t do it at home, so don’t do it on your computer. Don’t click on email links unless you trust the sender.
*Be mysterious. Avoid becoming a victim of online identity theft by keeping your personal information private. Consider whether you want to make your address, birthday and other identifying information public.
*Finally, if you have Halloween plans, take a look at the The National Crime Prevention Council website for Halloween safety tips.
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