We’re always on the lookout for new security and safety tips, and this year we focused on grilling, doorknocking scams, and vacations.
2018 summer safety tips
The unusually hot summer this year may have a lot of people indoors or in the pool until dinner. Then it is time to grill. Did you know that July is peak month for grill fires? Keep your outdoor cooking unit a safe distance from your home, and make sure it cools down properly before leaving it unattended. The following infographic from the NFPA provides interesting facts about grilling:
People hit the streets to gain new business in summer, and some businesses can be fraudulent. Unfortunately, the alarm industry has seen many scams over the years. Ethical security companies are teaming up with local law enforcement and the BBB to offer consumer protection tips from unethical doorknockers selling security systems or monitoring.
- The person will say things like, “I represent your alarm company and we are here to upgrade your equipment” or “Your alarm company was recently bought out by my company and you need to sign new paperwork.”
- The person will be pushy and aggressive about making the sale, and insistent on their paperwork without being clear.
- The person will use scare tactics, and often cite inaccurate stats about crime in your area.
If you feel uneasy about the situation, contact your current alarm company for verification. If you suspect you have been a victim of an alarm scam, please contact your local authorities ASAP.
Before leaving for your summer vacation, check off the following list to keep intruders from checking out your home while you are away.
- Automate your lights to go on and off at different times of the day to give your home that “lived in” look.
- Have a friend or neighbor mow your yard, pick up newspapers and any packages that have been left on your front porch.
- Contact us to provide vacation dates so we know how to get a hold of you in the event of an alarm.
- Wait until after you return to post pictures on social media. Bad guys are online, too.