With all of the recent burglaries that have been taking place in my neighborhood I find myself on high alert. My parents (both Los Angeles Police officers) would be so ashamed to know this! Growing up, I was taught to be on high alert at all times
which meant, we always locked doors and we never shared personal information with random strangers. It was a daily drill, I kid you not! Most of us know what we are supposed to do, leave a light on if we aren't home in the evenings, tell a neighbor if we are going to be out of town etc. Below are a few things that most of you don't think from day to day.
Whether you are living in your home or not, if you are doing any kind of remodeling or repair work, always know who is going to be in and out of your home and I mean your contractors entire crew! It's never a good idea to hire a day laborer from the local hardware store. Not even if he looks like the most trust worthy person on earth. Be sure that who ever you have working in your home only be allowed access to the areas that they are working in. Never, I mean NEVER, do you give anyone the keys to your home! Be there to see them in and lock up when they leave. Oh and by the way, you should instruct your workers NEVER to allow anyone into your home unless you know about it. For example, someone walking down the street might notice you are having your floors refinished. That person might ask your floor person if he/she can see their work claiming that they were planning to have their floors refinished.
Unless you are expecting guests do not answer your door. Look through the peep hole or out a window if necessary. Never just stand with the door wide open for a random stranger to scope out your home. This includes real estate agents! The days of door to door sales are gone and gone for a reason! If you decide to answer the door, never share personal info with a stranger. Don't say that you live alone or that you work at night etc. Also, if a random stranger asks you about your neighbors NEVER share any info with them.
Last but not least, pay attention! If you notice someone walking down the street and they look out of place, make note of what they look like and what they are wearing. When you leave your home take a look around to see if anyone is sitting in a car doing nothing. As you drive away, look in your rear view mirror and check to see if someone might be following you. Always report any suspicious activity to the local police department 818-548-4840.
Prevention is the best way to take a bite out of crime!