Excerpted from “Stalked: What You Can Do About It,” by Tino Struckmann
- Be alert of any suspicious persons.
- Positively identify callers before opening doors. Install a wide angle viewer in all your entrance doors.
- Install porch lights in front of your house.
- Install dead bolts on all outside doors. If at any time you cannot account for all keys, change your door locks. Place a dowel in sliding glass doors and sliding windows.
- Keep garage doors locked at all times. Use electric garage door opener. Be selective when buying electronic garage door openers, some use a signal easy for intruders to copy.
- Trim shrubbery. Install locks on fence gates.
- Keep fuse box locked. Have battery lanterns in residence. Always know where you have a flashlight. (Heavy duty flashlights can also be used as defensive weapons.)
- Maintain an unlisted phone number. Alert all household members to unusual and wrong number calls. If such activity continues, keep a log and notify local law enforcement agency.
- Any written or telephone threat should be investigated.
- When away from the residence for an evening, place lights and radio on a timer.
- For extended absences, arrange to have deliveries suspended.
- Keep doors and windows locked. And install motion sensors connected to lights or alarms. This can be done quite easily and cheaply.
- A family dog is one of the least expensive but most effective alarm systems.
- When out for walks plan different routes and keep irregular walking durations.
- Always park your cars in a secured garage when at all possible. If you don’t have access to a garage, park in a well-lit area.
- During vacations, etc., have someone pick up mail and newspapers. Never inform too many people of your pending holidays.
- Use a paper shredder for confidential documents such as account information and passwords.
- Bring mace or pepper spray with you when you go out and keep a large bottle by all entrance doors and in your car. Be aware that in some countries mace and self defence implements are not legal.
- Get a portable alarm button; these can be purchased from security companies.
- You can buy a remote camera starting from $60 so you can watch your house from anywhere on the internet. These devices are surprisingly easy to install and can be instructed to send a text message to your cell phone if activated by a motion detector.
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