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How to Protect Your Home and Personal Information From Thieves

Imagine this. Your handbag, which contains your cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., is stolen. Some timer later you call your spouse or partner from another phone telling them what had happened. Your families list one another in your contacts as “Hubby” or “Honey” or any of the many endearing names we each give one another.

Your partner replies “I received your text asking about our PIN Number and I’ve replied a little while ago”. Immediately you call your bank to inform them of your personal information was stolen. Unfortunately, the bank staff tells you your money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone with your Personal Contact Information to text your spouse or partner in the contact list and got hold of the PIN Number. To prevent theft of your bank accounts, it’s a good habit to never list and disclose the relationship between you and the people in your personal contact list. Protect your home and family’s safety avoid using names like Home, Dad, Mom Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, etc. or any of your family on the HOME PAGE of your mobile device. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.

Protect Your Home from Theft

Imagine this. You leave your car in the long-term parking and while away, someone breaks into your car. Using the information on the car’s registration in the glove compartment, the thief drives the car to your home and burglarizes your home. Protect your home from theft; when leaving a car in long-term parking, remove the registration and insurance cards in it, as well as the garage door opener.

Your GPS Can Lead Thieves to Your Home

Imagine this. Your car is broken into at a high school or professional sports complex while you’re attending a game. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control and your GPS- which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When you get home, you discover that your home been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used your GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door, and without a security system the thieves were able to gain easy entry into the house. The thieves knew you were at the game, and they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish. So they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. Protect your home from theft; if you have a GPS don’t put your home address in it. Put a nearby address (like a convenient store or local gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.

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