Tis the season! For cheaters, scammers, thieves, burglars, and thugs! Oh my.
I hope you all stay safe this year. Remember to never put gifts under a tree if they can be seen from any window. That is just inviting trouble.
I don't put any gifts out. The day I am delivering or the day someone is coming over, is when the gifts get set out.
We all love for our Christmas lights to be seen by passerby's at night - but generally that means your curtain/blinds are open. People are out prowling around this time of the year.
It is dark much earlier in the evening and much later in the morning - so be careful. If they can see your lights they can see you and anything in your home.
Keep your doors and windows locked at all times!!!!! I go in and out several times a day with the cats and wildlife - but the door is locked behind me. G is in the house - but he wouldn't see someone coming in until too late.
Never warm up your car and leave it unlocked. Dailey I see stories on the news about people getting their cars stolen. DUH! I have a second key, which I use to start my car on a cold/frosty day - then I lock it with the fob. I come in the house and it is locked as well!
If you are not going to be at home, and have ordered goods to be delivered - have them delivered to work if possible or to a neighbors address (that you know will be home).
When going out and about, please be careful. I ALWAYS keep my cash and/or charge card in my pocket, as well as my cell phone and keys. I know I will be able to get home.
I do carry a handbag - why? Because if someone wants to rob me, I want them to yank it and run, thinking they got something good! Maybe I won't be harmed in the process.
Be very vigilant when walking through stores and parking lots. Be aware of people following you. Try to go in the daylight. If you go out shopping at night - take someone with you.
Keep your car locked in parking lots. If you have purchases in the car (that don't fit in trunk), be sure you have something that covers them. Don't make the temptation to rob you any easier.
Scammers are even entering our home via the phone and computer. NEVER say the word YES, when answering questions on the phone to someone you don't know. Always answer no or the word 'correct'. This is more important in offices/businesses than homes. You may just be ordering something the business will HAVE to pay for if you say the word YES!
Don't do those silly surveys and question/answer things on the computer. You all have seen them. Name your first crush. Name your grade school. Your first grade school friend. The street you lived on in childhood. Name your favorite color. Scammers/hackers use these answers to figure out your passwords and take over your computer and/or accounts. Think about it - many of the questions on those 'FUN' surveys are the same ones the banks/charge card places ask.
Be watchful around your neighborhood. Know your neighbors vehicles and their normal coming/going schedule. Watch out for them as well.
Shoot, I think I thwarted an attempted break-in this morning. I go out early to feed the animals, and it is still dark out (my area behind house has some lights). The greenhouse has a light as well. After feeding the cats and animals out back - I walk to the front porch and pick up the newspaper.
The newspaper guy and I are the only ones ever out and about that early!!!! All the houses around are still dark.
This morning after getting the paper, I saw someone up by the front door messing around, 4 houses down. He was all in dark or black clothes. I stood there and watched - he saw me.
He ducked behind the truck parked out in front of their house - and I walked down the drive (making it look like I was going that way) - and he took off running down the sidewalk the other direction.
He had to be up to no good, because why else run!
Kind of scary, because it is generally pretty safe around here. You just never know and you can't trust anyone any more.
So please be safe, keep your home and vehicles safe, and YOU stay safe and always be ALERT!!!
Blessings my friends