Security Tips

AT HOME

  • Get to know your neighbours.
  • Keep external doors and/or grill doors locked at all times.  If possible, all external doors should be solid wood rather than hollow-core wood doors.
  • Burglar bars on windows should always be installed inside.  Where there are air conditioning units, the space occupied by these should be burglar-barred.
  • A pin-hole viewer in a front door is a good way to screen visitors before opening the door.
  • If you return home to find your door tampered with, do not enter or make an alarm. Borrow your neighbor's telephone and contact the Police, or simply press one of your remote KingAlarm Panic Buttons if you are already a customer.
  • Helpers and gardeners should be properly screened before employment.  When new ones are employed, references should be supplied and unexpected checks should be made at their home.
  • Do not leave ladders and tools outside as they can assist a burglar in breaking into your house.
  • If household chores are being done at the back of the premises, see to it that the front is secured or vice versa.
  • Never admit strangers.  If necessary speak to them through an open window until proper identification is supplied.
  • Children should be told not to allow strangers to enter during the absence of their parents.
  • The authenticity of delivery and service personnel must be verified before allowing entry to your home.  Helpers and children should be advised when repairmen are expected.  Employ known repairmen, or those from established firms whose identity can be checked by a telephone call.
  • Avoid high hedges and trim overgrown hedges and bushes near entrance ways or under windows.
  • Always make a keen observation of surroundings before entering driveways, especially at nights.
  • Most burglaries take place at night so be sure to install adequate outside lighting and be sure to replace burnt out bulbs.
  • Do not leave house keys under doormats or in flower pots.  Provide a key for each member of the household.
  • If you have an Intrusion Detection System at your home, arm same whenever leaving the house unoccupied or when going to bed.  Motion Detectors can be bypassed to allow you to arm the perimeter of the house even when occupants are moving around inside.
  • Uncollected mail and newspapers are tell-tale signs that you are not home.  If on vacation, have your mail and newspapers collected by a friend or neighbour so would-be burglars won't know that you're away.
  • Install smoke detectors on ceilings or walls within 15 feet of each sleeping area and at least one on each floor of the home.  A small fire extinguisher is a must in your kitchen.
  • If you see any suspicious person (s) on the outside of your home, or are awakened by any strange noises, alert the Police immediately, or simply press one of your remote KingAlarm Panic Buttons if you are already a customer.

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IN YOUR VEHICLE

  • While waiting for someone, avoid parking at a lonely spot.
  • When visiting, drive into the premises, when possible.  If unable to drive in, park at a spot where the car is in high visibility.
  • Female drivers should be very cautious driving alone at nights.  If being trailed, drive to the nearest place of safety, sounding your horn constantly.
  • When driving at night select your route in advance and avoid lonely roads.
  • Keep all doors and windows locked while driving.
  • Be on the alert at stop signs and traffic lights.
  • When driving, do not offer rides to unknown persons.
  • If a motor vehicle accident occurs on a lonely road, or at nights, proceed to a populated area, or to the nearest Police Station.
  • Install a Vehicle Tracking System where possible.  This will not only safeguard your vehicle if stolen, but also provide security for occupants via the panic button installed alongside same.

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SECURING YOUR VEHICLE

  • Always lock your car even when leaving it for a short time.
  • Do not keep a spare key hidden on the frame or body of the vehicle.
  • All windows should be wound up completely.  One slightly open window can render all other precautions useless.
  • Park as close to a building as possible when parking at shopping malls or stores.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Do not leave valuables visible in your car.  Radios, cellular phones, cameras, attaché cases and packages attract attention and can tempt thieves to break-in.

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TO DISCOURAGE A CAR THIEF

  • Fit steering locks, wheel locks and car alarms.  These are less expensive than replacing a stolen car.
  • Faulty locks make it easy for a car thief.  Get your locks working properly.
  • Make periodic checks on your car when parked for long periods of time.
  • Most importantly, keep a record of the year, make, model, colour and registration of your car.  Do not keep this information in your car.

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ON THE STREET

  • Walk on well-lit streets, and stay near the middle of the sidewalk.
  • Avoid clumps of bushes, abandoned buildings and other places of concealment.
  • When approaching your home, have your keys in your hand ready to open your door.  Be aware of pedestrians or motor vehicles which may be following you.  If you suspect that you are being followed cross the street, scream and run to a lit business place or home.
  • If a car chases you, turn and run in the direction opposite to that which the car is traveling.  It takes time to turn a car around - time you could use to get to safety.
  • When leaving your office and entering your vehicle, be aware and alert of all activity around you.

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WHEN SHOPPING

  • Hold your hand bag close to your body, with your arm through the straps.
  • It is never wise to keep your purse in your handbag.
  • Avoid crowded areas if you can.
  • Do not display large quantities of cash in public.
  • Keep shopping at a manageable level to avoid confusion and loss of items.
  • Be careful about having strangers hold your parcels in shopping lines or on buses.

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IF YOU ARE HELD UP

  • Do not panic - get a grip on yourself, breathe in and out and try to stay calm.
  • Do not resist.
  • Obey instructions.
  • Be alert - look for peculiar features - associate these with each of the robbers if there are more than one.
  • Some people take foolish risks - and most lose.  If a robber threatens you with a gun, your chance of safely disarming him is small, unless you have been properly trained to do so.
  • Your best protection is thinking out ahead of time what you would do under certain conditions.

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