Your home encases the many memories from your past and forms the foundation for the future. Do not let an intruder destroy your family’s past or future. Here’s a list of things to keep in mind:
- Do not open your door unless you know who it is.
- If someone needs to use the phone, advise them that you will make the call for them.
- Ask for identification on all sales representatives before allowing them into your home. Confirm the person’s identity by calling the business. Use a number that you locate from a phone book or information.
- Rather than hiding a spare key, leave one with a trusted neighbor.
- Females that live alone should use only their first initial with their last name on both their mailbox and with their listing in the phone book.
- NEVER allow yourself to be drawn into a conversation with an unknown caller, survey taker or census taker that requests you to reveal your name, address, marital status, or any other information that may reveal (1) that you live alone or (2) times you may or may not be at home.
- If you receive frequent “wrong number” or “obscene” telephone calls, then call the police and the telephone company.
- When recording an outgoing message on your answering machine, never state that you are not at home or indicate you are out of town.
- When traveling, use automatic timers on lights and have a neighbor pick up your mail on a daily basis.