At Home:

1. Lock your cars at night. Don’t leave GPS units or other electronics out in plain sight inside of the cars. This makes your car a more desirable target.

2. When it comes to home repair, deal with reputable contractors. Check references. Never pay cash without a receipt. Look for a state license # on the receipt and company truck. Write down the license plate number to any contractor that works at your house.

3. Keep record of your valuables. Take a photograph and write down the serial #, make, model, and cost and keep in a safe place. You could create a PowerPoint or Excel file on your computer.

4. Limit the amount of keys you give out to people. If a key goes missing, consider changing all of the locks. There are door locks on the market right now that can be re-keyed very easily, instead of purchasing all new door knobs. There are also door knobs on the market right now that allow you to use fingerprints or a combination of numbered buttons to open the door. They can even send you text alerts when someone opens the door.

5. Buy a fireproof safe and bolt it in a room other than a bedroom.

6. Buy a security system and remember to arm it when you are away.

7. Reinforce exterior doors with longer screws that reach into the studs. Check out this product demo for EZ Armor.

8. Keep bushes trimmed up around windows and doors.

While Driving:

1. Wear your seatbelt.

2. Don’t pick up hitch hikers.

3. Keep a flashlight, jumper cables, reflective road triangle, blanket, and first aid kit in your trunk.

4. Limit the distractions around you. Be aware of the other drivers and motorcyclists around you. If you need to make a phone call, pull over to the shoulder.

5. Know the route to get to your local police department and local hospitals.

6. In public parking lots, park underneath light posts to give you a reference point and visibility at night.

7. Don’t develop patterns like going to the same bank branch or restaurant at the same time each week.

Personal Security/Identity Theft Prevention:

1. Buy a shredder. Shred all discarded mail that contains applications and/or personal information like account numbers.

2. Carry only one credit card with you at a time. If your wallet or purse were to get lost or stolen, only one card could get compromised instead of all of them.

3. Keep computer passwords out of sight.

4. Create a dedicated email address to handle correspondence from your financial institutions. Hypothetically, if someone were to breach your everyday email account and knew where you banked or had credit, they could contact that institution online and request a new password with the hijacked email account. This would lock you out of your account and may be undetected for some time.

5. Change the default password for your router. No one should be able to just log into your router without permission. You want your router to be protected by WPA or WPA2 security.

6. If shopping online, look for https:// in the web browser before the website. This ensures that the personal information (credit card numbers and SSN#) that you are typing is scrambled as it travels across the internet to the recipient.

7. Don’t open emails from anyone that you don’t know or weren’t expecting. If you become suspicious, call the person before opening. You could be unleashing a virus. Be wary of opening mail from strangers. Follow the old wise tale: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Going on Vacation:

1. Don’t let newspapers pile up in front of your house. Have someone pick it up or stop your delivery.

2. Don’t post details about your trip on social media sites. You are advertising that your home is empty!

3. Use timers on your outlets that will turn on the lights at random times of the day.

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