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Safety Precautions Five ways to ensure your security

Not all of them apply to everyone or in every situation, but, in some cases, they could save your life or the life of someone else whom you love.

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Security is one thing most people do not want to compromise.

However, many people do other things that leave security lapses in their daily lives.

Below are five ways to make sure you are secured.

1. Don't leave keys ‘hidden’ outside the home.

It is a move that is popular, considered to be smart, but it’s been used for so long that it’s become compromised. People are onto it now. So, rather, leave an extra key with a trusted neighbour or colleague. That ought to keep those keys out of the reach of burglars, most of whom are patient enough to search and smart enough to eventually figure out where you’ve hidden them.

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2. Keep doors locked even when you or family members are at home.

This is very important. At all times, make sure doors are locked - for you never know when you might lose focus or become forgetful.

3.  Always be in a state of alertness.

Be conscious of your environment and make sure you pay attention to details. Don't assume safety: ensure it. Enforce it. Practice it. Live it. Think about it. Because that is your best form of protection.

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4.Don’t be too open on social media.

Be careful what information you share on there. Yes, it is a fun forum and people on there can sometimes be very nice and seemingly harmless, but you cannot take chances. Such a powerful medium can be used to exploit the carelessness and vulnerabilities of people. Don’t be posting locations where you hang out or what is happening in your house. Someone with a dangerous combination of smart and sinister might capitalise and make you feel sorry.

5. If you receive a call from anybody claiming she’s your relative living abroad, beware.

There is a new phone call trend where somebody calls, claiming to be a relative who has sent you some things from the United States to be given to you. This ‘relative’ will urge you on till you are convinced. This person will then ask you to send some money to be able to retrieve whatever goods they have sent.

Despite sounding ridiculous, you would be surprised how many people have

fallen prey to this outbreak, and so you are advised to stay vigilant lest you fall a victim to these scammers.

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