Consider All Options Before Deeming Truth or Lie

Consider alternativesIn some instances Americans are quick to judgment; and yet in others they can’t make a decision to save their life.  It’s often the situations that matter most when conclusions are made swiftly without considering all possible options.

Does this sound familiar?

Someone makes a statement or replies in a certain manner and may even have a particular look on his or her face, which is all you’ve deemed necessary to determine the person must be lying. Your gut tells you that they’re not being honest with you.  You’ve already tried and convicted the poor soul without a proper day in court.

For example:

While interrogating (vs. having a conversation with) a loved one or co-worker about something that is missing – missing funds, data or hours of time – she looks away. She breaks eye contact and isn’t looking you in the eye. Ah ha! Liar!

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Holiday Shopping Safety

Hate to break it to you but Christmas is just eighteen days away. If you haven’t finished your shopping and need to go out to brave the crowds, I wish you well.  Whether you’re waiting for payday, or just trying to work up the nerve to go do the shopping deed, please take a moment to think about your personal safety before you leave your house.

In this age of harried lifestyles it’s imperative to slow down long enough to put your personal safety first. Instead of thinking “I don’t have time to slow down”, consider how much time it’ll take if something happens to you.  Perhaps you have the “it won’t happen to me” and “I’m too busy” mentality; this year try a different attitude to help you enjoy the remaining days leading up to Christmas. Below you will find tips and precautionary measures to aid with your personal safety and security during the holiday season as it relates to your shopping trips. Continue reading

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5 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe During the Holidays

holidayhouse‘Tis the season… the season when, in the minds of some, desperate times call for desperate measures. Home invasions are up as criminals know there’s a greater chance of a higher bounty because of newly purchased Christmas presents on the premises. Hopefully you will never experience an event that causes you to feel fearful in your own residence. Because your home is your sanctuary, it is vital that you do everything within your control to keep intruders out your house. Below are five proactive measures that you can do today to ensure your domicile remains your Home Sweet Home, throughout the holidays and beyond.

Your home is supposed to be your haven – the structure that keeps you and your family safe and protected. It’s the place you retreat to after a long day, the shelter that keeps you protected from the elements of unpredictable weather patterns and it’s the refuge where you can lock your doors and know that you and your family members can peacefully rest your head for the night.

1. Evaluate your lighting

Employing light properly is one of the most economical and effective ways of increasing safety and security around your home.  To determine if lighting around your home is adequate, evaluate your current situation while in total darkness.

  • Start by walking around the perimeter of your house at night. Before you go outside make sure all your inside and outside lights are turned off. The purpose of this stroll is to help you identify shadows and blind spots on your property that occur naturally at night.  If you have someone to accompany you on this walk-around, have that person take some notes.  Many cell phones are equipped with a feature that lets you audibly record your notes.  Be sure to look at the areas surrounding doors, first floor and basement level windows. Then look for line of travel one would take when approaching your home from the street and also assess bordering property lines.  Garage, shed or other outbuildings also warrant a review. Record your observations you see when looking toward your home as well as away from it, as if looking out from a window. From the standpoint of keeping intruders out, what areas require the most light?  Do you need to add any accent lighting?
  • Finish this lighting evaluation from the inside.  For this evaluation, upon entering your home, turn lights on as you would normally after returning at night. The goal with this is to ensure that your lights illuminate deep into the room.  You should be able to immediately tell if any of your contents have been disturbed, which could indicate a sign of an intrusion.  Avoid a situation where you walk in and flip a switch that turns on a light immediately above you, resulting in the rest of your home still in the dark. If there is an intruder inside, you’ll be at a disadvantage with this lighting setup. Rearranging your light setup may require you to hire an electrician to install a wall-switch that controls lamps located further in the room.  If you have multiple levels, have your electrician install wall switches on the upper floor that allows you to turn on lights on the levels below.

Lighting is an often overlooked element of security that can be particularly useful when investigating ‘bumps’ in the night.

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