How You Can Avoid Being a Victim of Robbery
When you’re just getting started in life, the last thing you want to worry about is a thief lurking in wait to rob you of your hard-earned money and valued possessions. Unfortunately, robberies are all too common occurrences, both inside the home and out. Here are a few tips to keep you from losing what’s rightfully yours.
When you leave the house, lock the door and close the windows. This is a simple thing you can do that will immediately deter thieves, as they will then have to work out a plan for breaking and entering. You would also do well to avoid hiding a key under the rug or in a small piece of statuary designed for that purpose. These are the first places that a robber will look. It’s better to leave a spare key with a trusted neighbor in the unlikely event that you find yourself locked out of the house.
Another good step would be to invest in a home security system. With one of these in place, any attempt at a break-in will attract a great deal of attention. If that seems to expensive or intimidating, one can never underestimate the value of a good guard dog, especially since they also provide you with companionship. In addition to these safeguards, it would behoove you to lock away any very expensive valuables in a safe or, better yet, at a bank.
If you plan to be out of town for any length of time, consider hiring a house-sitter to spend some time in your home throughout the day. Even if you don’t have anyone popping into your house at any point in time, there are measures you can take to protect yourself. Don’t spread news of your impending vacation around. Ask the post office to stop your mail or request that a neighbor collect it for you. Same goes for the newspaper. Make it seem as though your house is populated even though it is currently empty. You could even go the “Home Alone” route and set some booby traps, though you’ll want to be very careful about that, since the most likely scenario is that you will trip them yourself.
Houses aren’t the only danger zone for robberies. Car break-ins are just as common. One frequent mistake people make is to leave their car doors unlocked and even leave their windows rolled down. A truly determined thief can always smash in a window, but most won’t resort to this, especially if you don’t seem to have anything of value inside.
Keep your doors locked and windows up, and never leave anything of significant value inside the car. This is particularly important when you park your car for the day in a strange lot. With so many people coming and going and your car unattended for hours, there’s a good chance that a trip to the amusement park or beach could yield stolen items. Don’t think that you’re safe in your own driveway, either; many thieves are audacious enough to snitch change from the dashboards of cars parked just outside the home.
Even just walking down the street carries the potential for being targeted by a pickpocket. Try to avoid carrying large amounts of cash, and when you are visiting an unfamiliar city, do your best not to look like a tourist, as unsuspecting visitors are at the highest risk. You should also make a point of keeping your money on your person. The best option may be to wear a flat version of the fanny pack that easily slips under your shirt so that no one needs to know it’s there. Keep your money in there, and you’re a lot less likely to be parted from it.
At home, on the go or abroad, be conscientious and prepared, and you’ll be able to deter thieves and keep your hard-earned money for yourself and your family.