Break-ins Happen Quickly
It only takes a few minutes for a break in to occur. In fact, most criminals move as quickly as possible to avoid the possibility of being caught. Someone could come home at any time, so they work fast to collect your valuables and get away.

Burglars know where to look for items of value in any home. They will target key areas such as dressers, desk drawers, jewelry boxes and bathroom counters. Before leaving, they will also look in common hiding spots like under the bed or mattress, inside the toilet tank, in the back of the refrigerator or freezer and under rugs that may conceal a hidden compartment with a secret stash of valuables. Some people think that keeping their things in a small safe will make them secure, but if the invader can pick it up and carry it with them, they will.

One of the best possible hiding spots for your most beloved treasures is within a diversion safe that is designed to look like a standard household product like shaving cream or a soda can. The look and weight of these products are duplicated exactly, so a burglar who is looking through your home will never spot them.

Of course the goal is to ensure that people do not break into your home at all, so always remember to lock your doors and windows. Do it without fail, every time you leave the house.

Going For A Walk
You may leave home for a short time to take a brisk walk around the neighborhood. If you have an established watch program in place, your block will be a much safer place for even a late night stroll. There are more things you can do to make sure you are safe while getting some exercise and fresh air near your home.

Walk with confidence and be extremely aware of your surroundings at all times. Pay attention to anything and anyone around you. Criminals do not want to be seen, especially before they make an attack, and they will be likely to leave you alone if they realize you have noticed them. This ruins the element of surprise that they rely on to catch their victims off guard.

While you are out, carry a cell phone with you so you can make an emergency call if you are in danger or come across someone who is in need of help. You may also want to bring a self defense weapon with you to use against a potential assailant. There are several options to consider. A personal alarm will activate a loud, shrill scream that will grab the attention of people all over your block. They will be alerted that there is danger nearby and dial 911. A predator will most often flee the second the ear splitting alarm is sounded. Stun devices are available for use up close or from a distance. They send a powerful shock straight into the central nervous system of an attacker that will completely impair them for several minutes. Pepper spray or MACE are also powerful devices for your personal protection. They spray a shot of highly potent pepper that will sting their eyes and make breathing very difficult. All of these weapons are non lethal, produce no lasting effects and will give you the opportunity you need to get away unscathed.

Make your home and your neighborhood a safe and secure place to be. The police will help during emergency situations, but by following these tips you can help prevent crime from hurting you where you live.

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