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Here are a few ways to be safer at home

  • Replace lock when keys are lost or when you have moved into a few home.
  • Have and practice a safety plan for fires or other emergencies.
  • Have a first aid kit on hand because all types of accidents can happen at home.
  • Have important numbers to emergency services and helpful contacts handy!
  • Always ask repair person, deliver people, etc. for proper identification before giving them access to your home.
  • Install locks on all doors and windows and use them.
  • Close blinds and curtains at dusk.
  • Know your neighbors, especially those who can be called in an emergency. Have their phone numbers handy.
  • Neighborhood Watch can be effective. Become involved.
  • Avoid unsafe situations and being alone with people you do not know.  If you expect a professional into your home, try to have someone else at home with you during that time.
  • When traveling home, if you feel like you are being followed go to the nearest emergency station.
  • Maintain good visibility around the home. Trim shrubs and trees.
  • Make sure all areas are well lit. If entryway bulbs are burned out, change them or ask your property manager to do so.
  • Install a peep-hole in your front door. If you can’t install a peephole, always ask “Who’s there?” before opening the door.
  • Teach children not to open the door to anyone or tell any phone caller where you are or when you will return.