When it comes to keeping your family safe, are you doing the best you can?
For millions, making sure trouble doesn’t come to their homes can prove challenging.
Given all the outside threats, knowing how to be ready for them is not always easy.
From computer hackers and stalkers to a home invasion, your family’s safety can be in peril at any point and time.
With that in mind, have you come up with a list of means in how to protect the ones you love?
If not, is it time to think about putting such a list together?
Where Are You and Your Family Most Vulnerable?
So that you and yours can be as safe as possible, keep in mind these four tips:
- Gun safety
With millions of homes sporting guns, some might feel as if they’re as protected as can be.
While having a gun may keep you and your loved ones safe, ownership of a weapon comes with responsibility.
Always be sure that the weapon has a holster and is secure at all times.
Whether that means having custom fitted gun holsters and/or a locked cabinet or drawer, secure it. This is especially true when there are children in the home.
Also be sure that you and any other adult authorized to use the weapon trains for its operation.
The last thing you want to have happen is a serious or even fatal accident happen in the home. This can occur if gun safety is not a top priority.
Even though you hope to never use the gun, having it will more times than not make you and yours feel more secure.
- Vacation smarts
Like most families, your group enjoys getting away from time to time.
If that is the case, be sure that you do not advertise the gang is all away at once.
Such mistakes that a thief can seize upon would include:
- Social media entries (see more below) – One gaffe you can make is telling others on Facebook etc. you are away. Save the vacation talk and pictures for when you return from your trip.
- Not maintaining property – While some are sloppy with outdoor work, some are forgetful. Don’t go away and leave the grass to grow too high, bushes to be out of control, or even snow to pile up. The same holds true for your mail and newspaper delivery. Ask a neighbor or someone else you trust to manage these necessities while you are gone.
- Leave light on and vehicle in driveway – Think about having a light on and extra vehicle in the driveway.
- Computer awareness
- Social Security number
- Bank account information
- Home address and phone number
- Where you work
With millions owning computers, there is are protection needs there too.
Always remember to keep your usernames and passwords guarded. It is also important to not give out any pertinent personal details when online.
Such details would include:
With computers, education can decrease the odds of becoming the next cyber-theft victim.
- Know the neighborhood
Even if you do not have close relations with your neighbors, get to know as many of them as possible.
In a day and age when many people do not even know the first names of those next to them, try and change that.
By knowing something on those around you, there is less chance of becoming a victim in different ways.
It is also a good idea to know if your area has a high crime rate.
You can get information from the media or law enforcement. This is especially important if you are planning to move into a new neighborhood.
By doing all you can to keep your family safe, you should certainly sleep better at night.
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