TLBTV: Rebecca Sounds Reveille – 7 ‘At Home’ Self Protection Tips – Episode #4 of the 7 Series
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By TLB Media Director & RSR Show Host: Rebecca L. Mahan
We are creatures of habit. Think for a minute about what you do when you wake up in the morning. Do you turn your alarm, jump up out of bed, turn the lights on, then go the bathroom and turn the lights on there? Do you go to the kitchen and turn the lights on and start your coffee pot or make something to eat? What about the television or radio? When does that come on? Or does it?
Do you leave your house at the exact time every day to ensure you get to where you are going on time and then return home at the same time every day as well? What do you do when you get home? What about before you go to sleep for the night?
Why are these questions even important?
They are important because we live in an age where we can easily become victimized from intentional crimes, as well as, crimes of opportunity. An intentional crime, for example, would be someone entering your home to harm you or a member or your family. To do so, the perpetrator may stalk the intend victim or even watch the house for sometime. A perpetrator may like the thrill of intend victim and stealing things … this too could be the mindset of the person who is watching a house.
An example of a crime of opportunity would be when someone wants to come into your home and take your belongings; the house looks vacant and the door is open. It should go without saying, but I will say it anyway, “No crime is okay.”
Here are a few tips to protect yourself in your home:
1) Never turn lights on and off and the same time or leave them on for the same duration. Your home should appear to be fluid. Meaning it should appear from the outside that there is one or more persons inside the home moving throughout the house and there is no indication of where someone might be. This reduces the element of surprise the perpetrator needs to overpower a victim. You can place timers or your lights in different rooms to go on and off at different times and for different lengths of time.
2) Learn to live like a blind person. You do not always need the lights on. You have other senses that will compensate when you have a reduction in vision. Think about it for a moment. Have you ever been driving and in a stressful situation immediately turned down the radio to focus on what you see ahead. If so, you were turning down your auditory sense to make you visual sense more acute. Try to learn to shower and conduct your hygiene routine n the dark. Your eyes also become accustomed to the dark and you know the layout of your home with and where all the belongings are within it.
3) Keep your doors and windows locked when you are going to be sleeping, your attention is going to be fixed on something, or you would not be able to hear them open. A couple things here… if you do not have air conditioning and need to open them, make sure you have screen with locks and place a device that would make noise if someone were to breach the plane of the frame. An example would be to place bells on the backs of door handles- if the door moves the bells chime.
4) Set a timer on your TV if you are going to fall asleep. The sound of the static when the TV is no longer broadcasting a show gives the indication you are asleep.
5) If you live in a two story house, keep a roll out fire escape ladder in each bedroom. This will be beneficial in the event you or a loved on needs to escape a fire and it serves as an escape if you hear someone break, or even if someone upstairs needs to get out to get help to assist someone being victimized downstairs. Should you get a fire escape ladder, each member of your household should know how to use it, from securing it on the window sill to rolling it out, to climbing down it and figuring how to land when they have to jump off the end.
6) Keep old cell phones charged up and programmed with 9-1-1 as the number that will be dial the moment the caller presses the “send” or “call” feature and left in strategic places throughout the house. These cell phones do not need to have a monthly plan or carrier connected to them. Cell phones will call 9-1-1 without any plans.
7) Keep activated motion lights around the perimeter of your property. This way if anyone comes on to your property the person will be in the spotlight. In addition, look for areas around your house that have the least light or shadows from exterior lights you keep on regularly. Look for ways to eliminate this concern. For example, remove tall bushes, trim unruly plants, or place solar lights within this areas.
Bonus tip) Park your vehicle in the garage if possible. Keeping your vehicle always parked in the driveway lets a person know when you are home and when you are not. If you have to keep your car in the driveway, back in. Also, sometime park on one side and at other times park on the other. Every so often park on the street and even park across the street. The point here is you want to have the best access to leave your property as quickly and safely as possible and not be a creature of predictability.
There are many more things you can do to protect yourself. The tips here are just to get you started. Some may seem like a lot of work, but it gets easier with time.
Keep your Head Up,
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