The Christmas period is a busy time of the year when people make plans to spend time with their loved ones, and part of these activities could involve traveling out of town to other places.
With all of these activities, it is possible to get carried away and forget to put in place some very important security measures.
Criminals love the holidays as much as everyone else, mainly because it is an opportunity to execute crimes.
Although the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) in Nigeria, Usman Alkali Baba, has assured all Nigerians and residents of their safety during and after the yuletide, ensuring that both yourself, your family and your home is properly protected should be a priority.
Here are some handy security tips to keep in mind as you celebrate with family and friends this season.
Carry less cash around
During the holidays, people tend to carry around lots of cash due to the need to shop for goodies; but it is advisable to carry less cash around as robbers are aware of this fact and might want to take advantage of the situation.
Do not leave items in car
When moving from place to place for holiday shopping, ensure you do not leave valuable items in your car. It is easy for criminals to break a window and steal from the car.
Do not give the impression you are home
When away on a holiday trip, do not give the impression that your house is empty. Leave the security lights on before traveling and decorate your exterior with festive lights as these will make intending burglars think someone is home.
Do not announce moves on social media
Becoming conscious of what you put out on social media has become a useful security tip today. Yes, social media is a platform for networking, but some criminals are there to monitor people and burgle their homes or kidnap them.
Do not use ATMs at night
Using Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) at night, especially during yuletide, is not advisable. This can make you an easy target for robbery.
When out with friends and family at social gatherings, it is important to keep an eye on your belongings, just in case there are suspicious movements around you.
Keeping all of these in mind during this period will help you stay security conscious as you celebrate with loved ones.
Photo source: Shkumbin Saneja