Whether you shopped online or are fortunate enough to receive gifts from out of town loved ones, now is not the time to blindly open the door to delivery couriers.
Recently a van pulled into my driveway. I was not expecting anyone. Those who know me know that I “don’t do pop-overs.” Phone me from the driveway if you must, but don’t just show up at my door unannounced and expect me to answer it. I work from home and I’m a single parent and 9mm or not, opening the door just isn’t something I freely do. Call me paranoid, hermit, cautious, whatever – I just don’t do popovers.
Back to the van in my driveway. As I am a fan of online shopping, so I’m not stranger to delivery vehicles, I wasn’t not expecting anything from a Ryder Cargo Van.
I cautiously looked out the window, okay – covertly looked, to see a man get out, not dressed in any uniform nor any identifying logos. This was a big flag for me. Meanwhile my gal pal was on the phone and said to me, “Boy when we see a strange Ryder van pull up unexpectedly, we run for cover.” Nice friend, thanks. I’m already trying to determine who is encroaching on my space and you need to plant that little seed in my head. Continue reading
More importantly though is getting into the habit of always checking your tires before getting into your vehicle. There’s a reason airplane pilots and school bus drivers perform a walk-around looking for anything out of the ordinary – to avoid problems once they depart.
With the recent fluctuations in weather temperatures it’s not uncommon for tires to lose air. If you’re not careful you could find yourself stranded with a flat tire. Don’t put yourself in a situation where an unscrupulous knight in shining armor has an excuse to stop and help you. While many good Samaritans do exist – it’s naive to think everyone who stops to help only has your best interest at heart.
Checking your lipstick and tires can prevent embarrassment and personal harm.
The slang term “casing the joint” means to look over some place to figure out how to break in, what to steal, etc. We typically hear it in old movies when the bad guys are getting ready to rob a bank or jewelry store.
Forget banks, jewelers and Hollywood movies – let’s consider your own front yard:
If you’re anything like me, after the last present is opened and piece of fudge is gobbled, you’re ready to get your home back to normal. Take down the tree, find a proper place for the gifts, and take out the garbage.
Ahh the trash – the abundance of boxes and paper. Much of it is too large or there’s too much to fit into a trash bag or refuse bin. Fortunately many trash haulers permit you to put extra boxes on the side of your curb to make for simple, easy, removal.
Fortunately for the Thieves
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Whether one is having financial troubles, substance abuse issues or whatever else causes one to think it is acceptable to break into a private residence to steal possessions, don’t make it easy on them.
All burglars need to do is drive, pedal or walk up and down the street to look for empty boxes that once held valuable treasures. It’s like a menu for those with bad intentions. If they wanted to steal a television, computer, or other gadgets that they could turn over for quick cash, then your trash could tell them where to find such items. Continue reading