SecurityNerd.com, the online resource that educates and empowers consumers about home security solutions, shares tips to keep connected and safe during the global pandemic that’s impacting homes, communities and the world at large.
“As we settle into this new normal, staying home poses different challenges when it comes to your safety and security,” said Safety Officer James Banta of SecurityNerd.com. “The surge of home deliveries brings about a new set of risks, but there are steps people can take to ensure safety and security.”
Crimes of Opportunity: Consumers are using home delivery for necessities to stay safe and healthy. When purchasing goods online, keep the following steps in mind:
- Safe and secure sites: Ensure any website you are using to pay for your items is a secure and trusted site. While certain items may be less expensive on other sites, if the checkout is not secure, you leave yourself open for fraud.
- At-home deliveries: Once packages are delivered, make sure they don’t sit out in the open for long. “Porch pirates” – or people who steal packages after they’re delivered to the home – have more opportunities than ever before. Contact a neighbor to watch for the delivery, contact the delivery service and arrange a delivery time, or look to invest or upgrade your home security. You can easily DIY a front-door camera and install safety lighting around your home.
- Neighborhood Watch: Use this time at home to communicate (from a safe distance) with your neighbors. Creating community by coordinating with people in your neighborhood or apartment complex can establish a safe network that takes care of one another.
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