Have you ever thought about the precautions that you can take to ensure that you and your family are safe at home?
It’s important to be careful who you let into your home. Install a peep hole, a door chain or good-quality, well-fitted security door and good lighting at entrances so that you can safely see or speak with people who call on you. Be wary of unknown callers and don’t provide personal information to them even if they sound official and tell you that they are from a big organisation or government department. Check their credentials and don’t allow them inside your home.
Having your phone ready is also an important precaution. Position your mobile phone or telephone where it is easy to reach. Keep, police, ambulance, relatives’ and your doctor’s telephone numbers in your phone contact list or written in large type next to your phones. If possible have a mobile phone or phone extension in your bedroom.
If you live alone, don’t advertise it. Use only your surname and initial in the phone book. Have regular contact with someone you trust and plan a strategy that lets them know that you are OK.