Portable generators made for private use are becoming an increasingly popular target for thieves; because more people than ever are relying on home generators as a source of back-up power, a stolen generator can be sold relatively quickly and easily for a considerable amount of money. Sadly, most generators that have been stolen are never recovered.
The first thing to do after a break-in is to call the police, plain and simple. This may sound like the obvious thing to do, but a lot of people go inside their homes or apartments before knowing that it is safe to do so. Most people are in such shock and disbelief when they discover they have been victimized, and this is when thinking clearly and rationally is more important than ever.
Every expectant parents’ handbook instructs its readers to baby-proof the house in order to make sure that the newborn child doesn’t end up in the emergency room for preventable reasons. But preventative action in a household isn’t just limited to new parents, or even parents at all! There are plenty of quiet traps lurking around the corner that can impact a beloved pet, relative, or spouse; fortunately, the next several paragraphs will prepare you to protect and defend from these hidden household scourges.
Wild raccoons are finding their way into urban settings. They may be discovered eating out of a garden or munching on pet food. They may be nesting in a crawlspace under the house, in an attic or in a chimney. A homeowner’s first impulse may be to trap the raccoons and relocate them. This is not as easy as it sounds and may be illegal. Even with the aid of a professional, it should only be a plan of last resort.