3 Things the Neighborhood Troublemakers are Up To (and How to Protect Yourself)
Most of the time, you don’t have to worry about anyone in your area causing trouble for you; that’s typically the exception to the rule. Unfortunately, there are a few bad apples out there. Here’s what you need to look out for, and how you can prevent it.
1.) Watch Your Car!
You spend a lot of money on your vehicle and you rely on it every day; so even if it means spending a little more money to protect it, isn’t it worth it? You don’t want to fall prey to damages or theft. Invest in a good car alarm—a LOUD one! Having an automatic starter is great because if you hit that button to warm up your car, a potential thief will probably run away since he’ll know that you’re nearby.
Of course, you don’t want anyone driving off in your car, but we must always be prepared for the worst. Never leave anything valuable in your vehicle! In general, try to keep it clean of clutter, period. Then a thief won’t be tempted to go digging for buried treasure. Whatever paperwork must remain inside, always be sure that you have updated copies of everything in your home. Keep all important phone numbers on you that you might need in the event that your car is taken. Purchase a club for your steering wheel and use it whenever your car is left alone for prolonged periods of time.
Also be cautious about where you park your vehicle. Avoid going behind buildings, in alleys, or anywhere else that’s even slightly secluded. Stay away from parking in the very back of lots, even though there’s always more space there.
Vandalism can happen to your home, car, and lawn in the blink of an eye. It includes more obvious damage like graffiti and arson, but vandalism certainly covers a lot more than that. Do you have rowdy kids in your neighborhood egging your home, keying your car, slashing your tires? Did you find a shattered window that had been smashed with a rock?
This is where surveillance cameras come in handy. Create a system that covers all entry points to your house (doors and windows), as well as any property outside your home, like your car and mailbox.
3.) Breaking and Entering
There are several ways that a prowler can break into your home. We’ve already talked about getting a surveillance system, and you’ll obviously want a reliable alarm that will go off whenever a door or window is messed with. There are other things you can do, though.
For example, if you leave your home at night, leave a few lights on around the house. Letting the TV or radio stay on is good as well. You’re wanting to give people the illusion that somebody is home.
You might also consider adopting a pet. It’s one more thing creating activity in the home when you can’t. Even if you’re unable to have a dog, go out a buy a “Beware of Dog” sign for outside your home. The same goes for the alarm and surveillance system. If you’re unable to have one, post a sign claiming that you do anyway!
Don’t be terrified to leave your house, but remember that no one is invincible! Take a few moments to think about how you can stay safer in life and protect the things that are important to you.
Nancy Meyers writes for education blogs where you can read more about the Top 10 Best Online Criminal Justice Schools.