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Don’t Be a Victim During the Holidays

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Don’t Be a Victim During the Holidays

I love this time of the year. For me, the Christmas season IS “the most wonderful time of the year,” filled with fun, family and happy memories. However, with the holiday season upon us, we also need to remember that this is a high crime time of the year. Fortunately, you can do things to protect yourself; easy precautions that can help greatly reduce your chance of becoming a victim during the holidays. While I have always preached “situational awareness” it has never been as important as it is in today’s society. Go outside to a busy sidewalk and watch people...

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How I Can Get a Key to Your House

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How I Can Get a Key to Your House

How hard would it be for me, or someone else, to get a key to your house? It has just become a little easier, and the “how” may surprise you. We’ve all seen the movie or TV show where the unprincipled person with a set of lock-picking tools in their pocket can defeat a door lock in under a minute to gain access. In the more flamboyant spy movies, you’ve seen the ruse where the attractive woman distracts a man, while the accomplice slyly picks his pocket, gaining access to his keys, rushes them out to a van, makes a quick imprint, and then goes back inside to slip the...

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 10: Don’t Drink and Drive… and Do Not Talk to the Police!

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 10: Don’t Drink and Drive… and Do Not Talk to the Police!

I know… you have heard it so many times before. Don’t drink and drive. It doesn’t seem like realistic advice to some; you may have heard the old joke, “Well then how am I  going to get home from the bar?” Even people who don’t typically drink or don’t drink very much will enjoy a drink during a Christmas party that they might not otherwise have. But speaking as someone who lost a family member due to alcohol and cars, I can tell you they don’t mix well. If you are involved in an accident where someone is hurt, it is a burden you bear the rest...

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 8: Have a Safe Christmas Party

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 8: Have a Safe Christmas Party

If you are hosting a Christmas Party this year, then you obviously want everything to go well. While party planning is not my forte, I have a handful of suggestions to make sure you have a safe Christmas party. Know your guest list. Make sure you know who is coming into your home. Whenever possible, ask people with a +1 to reply with that individual’s name. At least do a quick Google search on anyone whom you do not know. If you are more security conscious, you can always call your local PI to do a more thorough background check. 😉 If you are having a large group coming into your home...

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 7: Holiday Travel Tips

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 7: Holiday Travel Tips

Let’s face it, traveling is exciting, exhausting, wonderful and horrible. Sometimes, the difference between amazing and catastrophic is all about how you prepare. As I sat down to share travel tips, I realized there are literally 1000’s of good tips that could be shared, and many of them depend on what type of trip you are taking, where you are going, and who you are going with. So I have narrowed it down to a handful of what I believe to be key Travel Tips for the Holidays. Suitcases with wheels. This is number one on my list. It doesn’t matter if you are young, old, taking a car trip,...

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 6: Home Safety Tips While Traveling

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 6: Home Safety Tips While Traveling

Many of us know that traveling can be a major part of the holiday season. If you are going to be away during the holidays, here are some Home Safety Tips While Traveling that might be helpful for making sure your home is safe and sound while you are away. -If you have a family member, close friend, or neighbor that you can trust, ask them to keep an eye on your house, and drive by daily. When possible, leave them a key and ask them to check on the interior of the house while you are gone, especially if you are worried about things like a frozen/broken water pipe. Make sure they know how to...

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