Identity Theft and Burglary Prevention
Posted on Dec 19th, 2013
Received December 18
Dear Baywood Residents,
Identity theft is a problem any time of the year. But, while consumers are focused on giving, crooks are focused on taking. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling offers the following tips for consumers to protect themselves during the busy holiday season:
- Beware of your surroundings
- Don't carry large sums of cash
- Guard your pin # at ATMs and check-out counters
- Don't let your credit card out of your site
- Make copies of your credit card and store them in a safe location in your home in case your card disappears and you need to cancel the card
- Put your sales receipts in your wallet, not in the bag of things you purchase
- Open your credit card statement as soon as it arrives and review it for accuracy of your purchases. If you receive statements by US mail, shred the statement as soon as you are through using it.
- Secure all personal information.
- Consider signing up for credit monitoring services or order your credit report.
- Beware of scammers. Never give anyone your banking information, your date of birth, nor your social security number unless you absolutely know who they are and that they can be trusted.
For more information and tips about identity theft, you can visit the National Foundation for Credit Counceling website at www.protectyouridnow.org
Happy Holidays and be safe.
Dear Baywood Residents:
The following are some general tips for preventing home burglaries. If you don't have time to read this now, print it so you can read it when you do have time. It will serve you well.
- Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
- Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave or before you go to bed. Even if it's for a short time, lock your doors. This includes the door from your home to the garage.
- Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be gone for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day. Programmable timers can be purchased at Lowes, Home Depot, or any local hardware store for as little as $10.00.
- Keep your garage door closed, even when you are home.
- Keep your car doors locked if the car is sitting in the driveway. Most cars have garage door openers in them so accessing your home could be quite easy if you leave your car unlocked.
- Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to empty our mailbox and take away newspapers and fliers regularly.
- It's a good idea to tell a trusted neighbor that you will be away and who, if anyone, will be checking your home. It is a good idea to also tell Baywood Security that you are going to be away for a while. Give them the date you will be leaving and when you will return.
- In the warmer seasons, arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going to be away for an extended amount of time.
- Sliding glass doors are particularly vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security. Even a wooden dowel or a track blocker will help prevent the door from opening.
- NEVER leave notes on the door such as "gone shopping".
- An alarm system is EXCELLENT for home security. It provides peace of mind to hopeowners, especially if you are away for long periods of time. If you can afford one, make several inquiries to different companies for the best security system to meet your needs and pocket book.
- Find good hiding places in your home for high ticket items, especially jewelry or objects that hold high sentiment value. The less effective hiding places are places such as under your mattress, in drawers, in desks or file cabinets, etc.
- NEVER leave keys under door mats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other "hiding places". Burglers are well versed on where these places are.
- Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable posessions, including description of the item, date of purchase and original value and serial numbers. Keep the list in a safe place, away from home. This will be a good precaution in case of theft, fire or other disaster. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms, or antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
- Install lights above all outside doors and put them on a timer or motion detector.
- Last, and certainly not least, BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR. If you notice anything suspicious in the neighborhood, call Baywood Security immediately. Don't worry about looking silly if it turns out to be nothing. Better safe than sorry.
BAYWOOD SECURITY can be reached at 302-945-1029.
Please be safe, make your home safe and take whatever precautions make sense to you.