THINK SMART THESE HOL­I­DAYS

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

If you are go­ing away this Christ­mas, con­sider ask­ing a trusted friend or rel­a­tive to hous­esit for you. Other home se­cu­rity op­tions to con­sider are: En­sure all win­dows and doors are locked in your home, garage and shed. Can­cel de­liv­er­ies. Have your mail col­lected by a friend or neigh­bour or have it held or redi­rected by the post of­fice. Ar­range for some­one to re­move junk mail, mow your lawn and wa­ter plants. Have neigh­bours, friends and rel­a­tives park their ve­hi­cle in your drive­way to make it look like some­one is home. Don’t leave mes­sages on your an­swer­ing ma­chine or door ad­vis­ing peo­ple you are away. Turn down the ringer on your phone so that it can’t be heard ring­ing if unan­swered. Con­sider di­vert­ing your phone to a friend or rel­a­tive. In­form the lo­cal po­lice of your absence. This will en­able po­lice to con­tact you should you have an in­ci­dent at your home. Con­sider us­ing au­to­matic timers on a light, TV or ra­dio to switch on at night. Make your home look lived in. Dis­con­nect the power source to your garage. Hide valu­ables from plain view. Ob­tain se­rial num­bers and de­scrip­tions/pho­to­graphs of valu­ables in your home and store those de­tails in a safe and se­cure place.

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