Safety

Simple ways to ensure your identity is protected

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The 2013 Identity Fraud Report released in February by Javelin Strategy & Research found 12.6 million victims of identity fraud in the United States over the past year. That equates to 1 victim every 3 seconds. Protect your identity using these simple steps.

  1. All your wireless devices, including your cell phone should require a password. Passwords should include capital letters and symbols and be updated regularly. Be sure to lock your desktop every time you step away from your computer.
  2. Don’t opt in or give companies permission to share your information.
  3. Be cautious of what you share on social media and do not post information that someone can use to authenticate your identity.
  4. Sensitive documents should be shredded.
  5. Store all your credit card information in a safety deposit box so you can cancel them in case your information is stolen.
  6. Never give out personal information over the phone, through the mail or online unless you are absolutely certain of the source.
  7. Only work with reputable online companies that have secure lines when making purchases.
  8. Monitor bank and credit card statements and get a free credit report annually.

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How to Have A Safe Open House This Fall

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The goal of every open house is to showcase your property to potential buyers to get a sale. However, before you open your doors this fall, consider these safety tips to keep guests safe while viewing your home.

  1. Ideally, any and all pets should not be present at open houses.  It only takes an unlocked gate or open door to endanger your pet.
  2. Take the time to complete any repairs to steps or sidewalks to prevent falls and injuries.
  3. All walkways and entryways should be well lit and kept free of debris.
  4. Walk the perimeter of your property. Are there any hazards such as a small hole in the landscaping that could lead to a fall?
  5. If there is inclement weather, prepare your home appropriately.  If necessary, shovel a path to the front door; rake any leaves off of walkways, spread salt or place mats to prevent any slipping.
  6. Check to ensure all railings are sturdy if leaned on for support.  Walk every outdoor structure, such as decks, patios and porches to check for rotting wood, buckling surfaces or soft flooring.
  7. If you have a pool, pond or any water access on your property each entry point should have gated locks. It may be a good idea to have a sign reminding viewers to shut the gate behind them.
  8. Before exiting your home for the open house, check to make sure all kitchen appliances are off and do not leave any lit candles.

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