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1. Keep your car keys on your night table. If like millions of Americans, your key-fob contains
a panic alert button, and your car is in range of your bedroom, pressing the panic button will
cause the horn to blast and the headlights to flash — potentially saving lives during a home
invasion by scaring criminals away, alerting neighbors to the fact that an emergency situation is unfolding, and helping
police to more quickly find your home.
2. Set the home address on your GPS to an address (or fake address) near your home, but not to your actual home
address. If someone breaks into your car while you are away from home, you don’t want him or her robbing your home or
calling friends in your area to do so. Of course, your address may appear on paperwork in the car as well – but those are
less likely than electronics to get swiped during a quick break-in. (Ideally, one should always lock a glove compartment,
but doing so can be a pain.) Also, make sure that you have remote wipe capabilities set up for your smartphone – which
likely has your home address along with other more sensitive information on it – so that if it is stolen you can erase its
3. Be careful what information you share on social media. Specifically, do not publicly post check-ins to distant locales or
respond to invitations to future events that involve all residents of your home – you may be letting the entire world know
that your home will be empty and a prime target for robbery, or that you will arrive home late at night and, therefore, will
be a good target for attack. Posting information about your children’s schedules in a manner that is world-readable may
also increase the chances that they will be targeted by people with bad intentions. (For full disclosure: My new firm,
SecureMySocial, will be releasing technology soon that automates warnings to people if they share information online that
puts them at risk.)
4. Lock up any prescription medications in your possession that are likely to be desired by drug addicts; do not store such
drugs in medicine cabinets that are accessible by visitors. You do not know the curiosities or addictions of everyone who
visits your home; leaving such drugs in locations from which they can be stolen can lead to serious problems. Even other
residents of your home may pose a risk in this regard.
5. If you are in hotel room whose door has a peephole without a cover, place a crumpled tissue in the peephole so that
nobody can see in. Peephole one-way technology is not foolproof.
6. If you receive a call from your credit card company about potential fraud on your account, hang up and call the number
printed on the back of your card. If you are in a hotel and get a call to your room from its staff about a problem with your
credit card or regarding the need to enter your room for a repair or any other reason – hang up and call back. The same
holds true for any call that you receive from a party asking for any private information or for you to take a risky action –
always hang up and call back at a pre-known, definitely authentic, number. Likewise, never give any information to
someone who reaches you at a “wrong number;” people could be targeting you for identity theft or worse.
7. Cameras are recording everywhere. Block people’s view of your hand when entering alarm codes, PIN numbers, etc.
It is amazing that in the era of Google GOOGL +1.11% Glass people do not realize that people can be recording them –
even from distances (via telephone/zoom/hi-resolution image, etc.). Even your own smartphone’s camera may be
recording you when you do not expect it – so, if you do not wish to be recorded, cover it when not in use. Likewise check
any ATM machine that you use for added-on cameras or “skimming technology” – if the card reader appears to have been
tampered with find another machine.
8. Never rely on door chain locks for safety. They can usually be circumvented with ease.
9. Despite news stories that inevitably air before hurricanes hit about people stocking up on flashlights and candles,
never use a candle for light during a power failure caused by a wind-related condition such as a hurricane, until after the
weather has passed. If a window were to break (as can happen from strong wind) or wind were somehow else able to enter your home and knock over a candle, the situation could go from bad to horrific. Even without the wind issue,
candles can be dangerous, especially if there are children in the home and/or if candles are carried; exercise caution.
10. If you have physical car keys, carry them in your hand when walking in a parking lot. This reduces the amount of time
it takes to get into your car and to start it, reducing your exposure to attack. Furthermore, a physical key held in the palm
of a fist and protruding between the knuckles can serve as a makeshift weapon in case of emergency.

Yours in Comradeship,
Rhett O. Webber
Safety Chairman
Department of Pacific Areas
63-45-458-0159 or 63 921-374-7857
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Great job, good information to all. thanks, Rhett..
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From Life member Roger Landry.
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