Sometimes we’re in such a rush that we often fail to use common sense and precautions to keep us or our property a little safer. Would-be- thieves salivate at the opportunity when you make yourself an easier target. Things that we routinely and innocently do often lead to us becoming a victim of a crime. For example:
Leaving your car doors unlocked – A potential thief is always on the lookout for ways to steal. If you leave things in clear view (cell phone, garage door opener), you make their job much easier. Nothing like giving a helping hand to a criminal.
Not properly disposing of cardboard packaging from purchases – Break down boxes to recycle and cover them before placing outside for pick up. Believe it or not thieves lurk looking at packaging and making a judgment that you may have some money especially if they deem it to be an expensive purchase from the box itself.
Not shredding – Don’t needlessly be a victim of identity theft by throwing personal mail and bills away with your personal information on it. Invest in a shredder and properly discard these types of documents to lessen the chance for someone to steal your identity.
Newspapers accumulating – One sure sign that will alert a potential thief of your being on vacation is when newspapers are piling up on your lawn or in your driveway. Suspend the service if you’re going to be away for any length of time. It would be a good idea to have a trusted friend check on your house in your absence. And don’t forget to halt the mail temporarily.
Packing your luggage – When going out of town pack your luggage in the garage with the door closed. It’s not necessary to inadvertently advertise that you’re going to be away from your home.
Leaving keys under the doormat – This might have worked years ago but we are far from the time period of the Cleavers in Leave it to Beaver.
Sharing too much information on social outlets – Social outlets such as Facebook and Twitter may be a good thing most of the time. But exercise extreme caution about what kind of information you are posting. Don’t tell all your business.
Unfortunately we live in a much more evil world than when we were younger. Thieves are always coming up with ways to disrupt our lives. While these reminders and tips may not necessarily exclude you from being an unknowing or unsuspecting victim, it can at least serve as a guide to hopefully lessen the chance.
Don’t make it easier for a thief by setting the table for his misdeeds.
Personal knowledge and experience